Nov 3, 2009 2:49 PM by Associated Press
The NBA has named Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony the Western Conference player of the week.
Anthony has the Nuggets out to their first 3-0 start since the 1985-86 season.
He is averaging a league-leading 37.7 points a game. He scored 30 points against Utah in the season opener, then followed that up the next night with a 41-point effort at Portland. He also had 42 against Memphis.
This is the ninth time Anthony has been named player of the week, and his first honor since the 2007-08 season. The last Nuggets player to earn the distinction was Chauncey Billups just about a year ago on Nov. 17, 2008.