David Lee named Western Conference Player of the Week

Warriors’ forward David Lee was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, the NBA announced.

Lee averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in four games last week — all victories by a Golden State team that’s 5-0 on its current road trip and has won nine straight.

Lee had at least 20 points and eight rebounds in each game to win a player of the week award for the fourth time in his career and third time with the Warriors. The two-time All-Star joins Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Baron Davis as the only players to win three such awards in a Warriors’ uniform.

Lee and the Warriors return to action Tuesday when they face the Milwaukee Bucks at 5 p.m.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson has spent a lot of time lobbying for Stephen Curry to make the All-Star team but agreed recently it was time to start pushing for a return trip for Lee, whose averaging 19 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

“I’d be the first to tell you that probably the first whatever amount of games, his numbers were there but he wasn’t playing his best basketball and he’d probably tell you the same thing,” Jackson said. “But over the last 13-15 ballgames, he’s been as good as any power forward in the game. Scoring, post-ups, rebounding, he’s impacted the game and he’s certainly in the discussion.”

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.