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DeMar DeRozan is the first Eastern Conference Player of the Week for 2018

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Not a bad way to start off the year for our guy, the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan.

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It if seems like only last week DeMar DeRozan was being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, that’s because... it was only just two weeks ago when DeMar DeRozan was being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Please, let me explain.

Coming off a truly astounding week (from Jan. 1 to 7th), DeRozan averaged 35.7 points (a league-high), 6.0 assists, and 4.3 rebounds over the past three games. Just for fun, let’s take a look at DeRozan’s shooting splits: 56/55/93. No, there aren’t any typos there, and yes, DeRozan really did shoot 11-for-20 from three-point range. It’s been some kind of wild run.

Oh yeah, and DeRozan also put up a career (and franchise) best 52 points on the Giannis-led Milwaukee Bucks on New Year’s Day. Perhaps the best way to start a year since Pope Gregory XIII dreamed the whole thing up. Literally what a time to be alive.

This is DeRozan’s eighth time winning the Player of the Week award, and yes, he last won it for the week of December 18th to 25th, the second last week of the calendar year. Which proves once again: DeRozan truly is the Alpha and Omega of this Raptors team, e.g. the beginning and the end.

Congrats DeMar, and on to many more!

EDIT: Please note a previous version of this post bone-headedly did not notice that Bradley Beal won Player of the Week in between the two times DeRozan won it. HQ regrets this error and will go hide in shame.