Russell Westbrook has received a ton of hate over the course of his NBA career. Many people have said that he takes the ball out of Kevin Durant’s hands, but when you think about it, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are one of the best duos in the NBA.
Entering tonight, Russell Westbrook is averaging 35.4 points/36 minutes with Kevin Durant off the floor this season and 20.2 with him on.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 5, 2015
Russell Westbrook also has scored 45 points in back to back games.
Russell Westbrook joins Wilt Chamberlain on a very exclusive list pic.twitter.com/aJzHMxsKQZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2015
Westbrook is also having most likely the best year out of anyone in the NBA, as he is leading LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and his teammate Kevin Durant in almost every statistical category. Sure Westbrook has missed some time this year, but his numbers are still insane.
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks before the season stated that he believed that Russell Westbrook was the best point guard in basketball.
“I believe Russell is the best point guard in basketball,” Brooks said “That’s happened over time. I’ve seen Russell every practice, every game, every film session and he’s really put a lot of time into being the best point guard in basketball.”
Stephen Curry may be the front runner for the most vaulable player award, but only because of Oklahoma City’s record not being anywhere close to Golden State’s as Westbrook is currently 9th on NBA.com’s MVP Ladder.
Russell Westbrook also responded to his head coaches comments about him being the best point guard prior to the season starting.
“I do,” he said. “I’m very honored to hear him say that, but that’s how I feel. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you.”
“I’ve felt that since I got in the league,” Westbrook said. “I mean, that’s my mindset. As a rookie, I came in and I felt like I was the best player on the floor every time I stepped on the floor. That’s just my mindset, that’s the way I’ve played since college. It’s not just this year or last year. It’s how I think when I get on the basketball floor.”
Westbrook is currently averaging 26.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in 36 games this year for the Thunder.
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