It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Eli Manning was the winner for the second consecutive time, due to his gritty, clutch performance in San Francisco. This week, as the New York Giants were preparing for the Super Bowl, the New York Knicks went 1-3, the New Jersey Nets 2-2, the New York Rangers 1-0, the New York Islanders 0-1-1 and the New Jersey Devils 0-1, plus the NHL All-Star Game and Pro Bowl were played. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Deron Williams: After a change of attitude, going from hopelessly depressed to "I love it!" the Nets point guard has transformed himself and his team (well, except for Sunday's trouncing by the Raptors). This week, he inspired the Nets to a rousing victory over the 76ers, scoring 34 points with 11 assists and coming up with the game-tying bucket near the end of regulation, on a spinning, driving move to the basket, and he then dominated overtime, killing off Philadelphia with a clutch three-pointer. Williams scored 27 points with 10 assists in the win over the Cavaliers, 16 points and 10 assists in the loss to the Bulls and 24/6 on Sunday.
Tyson Chandler: As always, it's tough to find a worthy Knick, but in their one win this week, Chandler scored a team-high 20 points and hauled in 17 rebounds. The Knick center scored 11 points with nine rebounds, nine points and 12 boards and 14 points with 11 rebounds in the three losses. He's averaging 10.7 points per game and 10.2 rebounds (ninth in the NBA), both above his career averages.â†µ
Marian Gaborik: The Rangers' right winger took home the MVP Award in Sunday's All-Star Game, thanks to his hat trick and one assist, leading Team Chara to a 12-9 victory. He scored his first two goals off teammate Henrik Lundqvist in the first period, netted another in the second and assisted on what turned out to be the winning goal in the third.â†µ
Henrik Lundqvist: The Rangers only played once this week, but they defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-0, with Lundqvist recording his fifth shutout of the season (second in the NHL), making 22 saves. He sports a 1.87 GAA (third in the NHL) with a .937 save percentage (also third). He also co-captained Team Alfredsson to a win in the skills competition (with help from Carl Hagelin winning the fastest skater contest), and in his All-Star Game start he "only" let in three goals (making nine saves) in his one period of play.â†µ
John Tavares: The All-Star scored a goal in the Islanders' overtime loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, dazzled on Saturday night in the skills competition with a puck-flipping, swatting goal past Carey Price and scored a goal with an assist in the All-Star Game on Sunday.â†µ
Martin Brodeur: The one game for the Devils this week resulted in a shootout loss to the Sabres, but Brodeur did his part, only allowing one goal in regulation and overtime, stopping the first two shots in the shootout before finally letting a couple pucks get by him.â†µ