Dion Waiters and DeMarcus Cousins have been named NBA players of the week after both gave their respective teams significant production over the past week.

Waiters led the Miami Heat to a 4-0 record, with notable wins over the Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, and Detroit Pistons. These four wins are just the latest of a league-high seven game win streak.

Throughout the latest four game winning streak, Waiters averaged 23.3 points, 5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. In the 105-102 win over the Warriors, Waiters scored a career-high 33 points, which could end up being the resurrection of his career.

For a Miami team that is not very good, Waiters is finally able to reach his true potential with all of the shots and offensive touches he is getting. Miami is only 5 games behind the Charlotte Hornets for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, a position they could take over if the hot streak continues.

Cousins led the Sacramento Kings to a 3-1 record with wins over the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets. In the 4-game stretch, Cousins averaged 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.25 blocks.

Dominating as always, Cousins has his team 3 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Cousins has not tasted the playoffs in his first 6 seasons out of Kentucky, but that could change considering how close they are. The chance to go to the playoffs for the first time in his career could propel Cousins to new career highs.

Cousins will have the chance to show the nation how good he can be in this years’ NBA All-Star Game. Without other players that would help the Kings get noticed on national television, this is an opportunity for Cousins to prove how dominant of a player he is.

The bottom line is that both players are carrying their teams, and are being noticed for it even though their teams are not performing very well. With just under half of the season left to go, both Miami and Sacramento are going to need lots of production from these players if they want a shot at making a run in the postseason.

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