In case you did not know, Russell Westbrook is scary good.
As the premier superstar of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook has displayed moments nothing short of insane thus far. Led with a “kill or be killed” mentality, Russell has not only confirmed what everyone knew; but he has shattered the thought that he needs another superstar to be good.
At this moment, Westbrook is averaging 30.9 ppg, 11.3 ast, and 10.3 reb. He is on pace to not only finish the season with the most triple doubles in NBA history (41), which he already has eight this season; but he is on pace to becoming just the second player in NBA history to average a triple double an entire season (Oscar Robertson is the only one to do so).
But the question rises, Just how good is Russell Westbrook?
Fun fact: There has never been a player in NBA history under 6’4 (Charles Barkley) to average double digit rebounds in a season.
At 6’3, he plays with a fury that has not been seen since the Micheal “The GOAT” Jordan. Going into a game, Westbrook applies pressure to his oppenents from the opening tip to the time the clock hits triple zeroes. He puts defenders in a tough spot with his ability to drive with his speed or pull up mid-drive for a smooth mid-range jumper. Yes, his defense can improve a touch, but his rebounding prowess is second to none at the guard spot.
Another Fun Fact: Russell Westbrook passed LeBron James for sixth most career triple-doubles in 5 fewer seasons (48).
Currently, the Thunder are fifth in the West at 14-8. Night after night, it’s apparent that the Thunder go as Westbrook goes. Even with his crazy triple doubles, The Thunder find themselves in a fight with almost everyone they play. Westbrook will be Westbrook, but the Thunder will need to help him if they hope to make some noise in the playoffs (or even make the playoffs all together). Westbrook became only the fourth player in NBA history to record six straight triple doubles.
Westbrook is on a mission to lead his Thunder to the postseason, and ultimately lead himself into the history books.