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Alperen Sengun named Western Conference Player of the Week

The Houston big man was recognized.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

We’re a little slow on this news, but figured it still worth posting about. Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of January 1-7.

Sengun led the Rockets to a 3-1 record in earning his first of what is hopefully many of these awards. Sengun averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the week, including his 11th double-double of the year in a big win over the Bucks in Milwaukee. He also tallied his sixth career 30-point game in a victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Sengun continues to be the best player on the Rockets, leading the charge offensively for Houston while holding his own defensively on his way to becoming one of the league’s top emerging stars.

He’s helped lead the Rockets to a surprising 18-17 record so far on the season, with Houston currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today with roughly 43 percent of the season in the books, the Rockets would be a play-in team, something not many pundits were predicting before the year started.

On the season, Sengun is sporting averages of 21.5 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 53.8 percent shooting from the field. He is shooting just 29.7 percent from deep, which is currently his only real weakness offensively, as he hit zero threes in last week’s four contests.

Get that area fixed, and Sengun could end up truly unstoppable. As it stands now, he’s already earning accolades for the Rockets and has a chance to be an All-Star this season as just a 21-year-old.

Congrats to Sengun for officially being recognized for his stellar play this year in H-town. More on the way for the young man!