Fred VanVleet Pushes All-Star Case; Named East Player of the Week


The numbers over the past couple of weeks have been staggering. Fred VanVleet, all 6-foot-1 of him, has been tearing it up at an incredible pace, while leading the Toronto Raptors to a 6-game win streak. Today, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. And that's an understatement. 

VanVleet averaged 30.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 6.0 three-pointers and 2.0 steals for the week. He's had five 30-point games in the last six, and his candidacy for All-Star status has not been lost on anyone that follows basketball.

VanVleet's All-Star case gets stronger by the game. If it isn't a triple-double, it's a  4th quarter three-point barrage to save another win for the streaking Raptors. 

On the season, the undrafted bet-on-yourself guard is now averaging 22 points, 6.7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 41% shooting from long-range. He also leads the league in minutes at 37.5 per game. 

The only players in the league that are averaging 22+ points, 6+ assists and 5+ rebounds are as follows: LeBron James, Steph Curry, Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, James Harden... and Fred VanVleet. Not bad company. And it's certainly All-Star company. 

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