The kid is crazy; 28.2 points per game along side with 8.2 rebounds a game. He’s 6’9, wiry, and has a beautiful stroke to compliment his ball handling skills.. Durant scores with ease and can shoot over anyone that dares to guard him; an assassin of some sort. But somehow, he’s not the best player on his team. That is because his point guard, Russell Westbrook, has stolen the show. Westbrook fills up the stat sheet night in and night out with impressive numbers as told my this:
The stats are not the most impressive facet of his game; the most impressive detail is what drives those stats. He’s a fierce, ferocious, resilient, fearless, unwavering, cutthroat, voracious, unmerciful, ruthless freak of an athlete. He will breeze past you and then pull up. Or, he can blaze past you and flush the ball so hard through the hoop causing the opposing center’s team starts to incur nose bleeds. His toughest critics always argued that he’s out of control and that he shoots his team out of the game. They also want to say that he has a terrible attitude and plays with an unnecessary chip on his shoulder. But, that is what makes Russ West so impressive. No matter how many misses, his confidence is unwavering. They say that the best shooters have a short memory right? Not saying that he is a top shooter but who is to say that he can’t be? Each season he has improved his game in many areas and when you’re as relentless as Russ, there is no ceiling.
Westbrook entered the league as a 20-year old kid and made an immediate impact starting 65 of 82 games where he averaged 15 points a game. His numbers sky rocketed during the
2010-11 season where he averaged 21 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds a game. This all came at the tender age of 22. Then came along the 2014-15 season where he registered a stunning 31 double doubles and 11 triple doubles in 67 games. Generally speaking, there is no way that anyone can improve on this type of numbers; Russ West just isn’t anyone though. During the 2015-16 season he notched 54 double doubles, 18 triple doubles, and two steals a game. Simply put, the guy is a beast.
With those type of numbers, Westbrook should have been included heavily in the MVP talks. However, too many people were caught up in the flashiness and enamored by the bells and whistles that the Warriors displayed. The other problem is that Westbrook tends to rub people the wrong way. His stout competitiveness and ferocious style of play is too much for many who can not appreciate the nature of the beast. It makes people uncomfortable to see a man play like his life depended on it; we would rather distance ourselves from our ancestors and act as if we’re above our natural instincts. Russ West is an asshole, a fearless competitor, blood thirsty soldier, flaunts ferventness, and is a true warrior. These are the intangibles that has empowered Russ West to achieve the level of play at which he continues to compete at. Maybe he would have garnered a single MVP vote if he wore his religion on his sleeve and did not show his passion for the game. We can always count on America to favor the prototypical “Leave it to Beaver family”. Even better; we can always count on Westbrook to be unapologetically Russell.