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MMPG: Player of the Week

Brandon Roy

Yeah! Do y'all believe yet? (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

At the 2007 NBA draft lottery, Brandon Roy was considered the good luck charm who delivered the franchise savior in Greg Oden. But since then, Roy has emerged as the true franchise player in Portland while the city waits for Oden.

The 2007 rookie of the year made his first all-star team last season, but he raised his profile even more with a phenomenal performance last Thursday. Roy scored a career-high 52 points and heard chants of "MVP! MVP!" during a 124-119 win against Phoenix.

Roy's point total was two short of the Damon Stoudemire's franchise record of 54 points set on Jan. 14, 2005. He is averaging a career-high 23.4 points this season and is the highest scoring guard in the Western Conference not named Kobe Bryant. Over his past five games, Roy is averaging 34.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and five assists and shooting 52.3 percent from the field. More important, the Blazers won both games last week to move into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division with the Denver Nuggets.

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
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