- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Washington Wizards shooting guard Richard Hamilton was named the NBA's Player of the Week along with Dallas' Steve Nash for the week ending Sunday. Hamilton averaged 28.5 points in leading Washington to a 4-0 record.
Hamilton is the first Washington player to receive the award since Chris Webber on April 21, 1997.
Hamilton scored a season-high 34 points and handed out a season-high seven assists against New York on Friday. He also scored 30 points at Memphis on Tuesday, 23 against visiting Miami on Wednesday and 27 at Toronto on Sunday. Hamilton shot 55.2 percent from the floor (48 of 87) and 88.9 percent from the free throw line (16 of 18) for the week.
"I'm very proud of Richard," said Wizards coach Doug Collins. "He had an outstanding week for us, not only with his scoring, but also with his defense and his hard work. Rip and Michael [Jordan] are one of the most potent scoring combinations in the league and are leading us in the right direction."
In addition to his 28.5 points per game, Hamilton also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. After beginning the week ranked 31st in overall scoring in the NBA with 18.5 points per game, Hamilton finished the week ranked 21st at 20.3. Hamilton also ranks fifth in the league in free throw percentage (.896).

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