It’s that time of the week when we recognise players with connections to the African continent who have put up impressive performances over the past seven days.
This week’s top hounor goes to a young African player who has a lot to prove this season as he looks to get back on the Denver Nuggets’ starting lineup—point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.
He is coming off the bench, averaging about 23 minutes per game and keeping his scoring average in double digits. His numbers include averages of 11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Mudiay is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 46.9 from 3-point range, and 78.3 from the charity stripe.
He has featured in the last five Denver Nuggets games and scored in double digits in three of them. Mudiay’s top performance from the last seven days was in the Nugget’s 102-94 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last Friday, in which he had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes on the hardwood.
Our first honorable mention this week goes to another young talent doing great things on the court, Nigerian-Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. The All-Star has started the season off playing with MVP ambitions.
He is currently averaging a double-double with 31.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, leading his team in all three categories. Antetokounmpo is shooting 58.2 percent from the field, 29.2 from the field and 76.6 from the free-throw line.
His top performance for the week was in the Bucks-Cavs matchup last week Wednesday, in which he had 40 points and nine rebounds.
The second mention goes to Congolese/Angolan-Swiss center Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets, who began the season with some impressive performances for his squad.
Capela is also averaging a double-double with 13.3 points, a team-leading 11.5 rebounds as well as 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 69.6 percent from the field and 70.3 from the free-throw line.
His top performance from the past seven days was in the Rockets’ 118-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday, in which he had a 20-point, 17-rebound double-double.
The third mention goes to the sensational Joel Embiid, who is having a great sophomore season so far and also averaging a double-double.
He arguably had a career-defining performance on Tuesday morning as he led the Philadelphia 76ers in their 109-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers with a 32-point, 16 rebound double-double.
Embiid continues to hold his own in the paint even against seasoned centers like DeAndre Jordan, who witnessed the young Cameroonian’s potential in his own backyard.
He is averaging 20.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, and leading the Sixers in points and rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 22.9 from behind the arc and 74.3 from the free-throw line.
If you have any comments and suggestions regarding our selections this week, tweet us on @kwesesports with your thoughts.
By Kaunda Chama
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