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Player of the Week honor for ‘Zebo’

Zach Randolph
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach ‘Zebo’ Randolph was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 9. 
 
 Zach Randolph shoots and scores over Paul Millsap of Utah. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach ‘Zebo’ Randolph was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 9. It marks the first Player of the Week honor for Randolph in his 10-year NBA career.

Randolph posted 28.0 points and 14.3 rebounds on .559 shooting (33-of-59 FG) in leading the Grizzlies to a 2-1 record, which included home victories over two of the Western Conference’s premier teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz.

The 6-9, 255-pound forward was the only NBA player to rank in the Top 5 for scoring and rebounding during the week.

After starting the week with a team-high 31 points and 16 rebounds on Jan. 4 vs. Oklahoma City, Randolph rolled on with 26 points and 11 boards on Jan. 7 vs. Utah.  Both the Thunder and Jazz entered their games with the Grizzlies at least 10 games above .500.

Following those two wins, the 29-year-old again led Memphis with 27 points and 16 rebounds on Jan. 8 at Oklahoma City, his career-high seventh consecutive game with at least 20 points while shooting better than .500 from the field.

Randolph is averaging a double-double for the fifth consecutive season (19.7 points, career-high 12.7 rebounds), the second-longest active streak in the NBA behind Orlando’s Dwight Howard (seven from 2004-11).  Building on his All-Star campaign from last season, Randolph is on pace to eclipse his own club record for rebounding (11.6), set in his first season with the Grizzlies in 2009-10.

Randolph becomes just the second Grizzlies player ever to earn Player of the Week honors and the first since Pau Gasol for the week ending March 26, 2006.

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