Russ Being Russ Part Two: A season to Remember.
Russell Westbrook balled out of his mind Sunday night in Denver to eliminate a young and hungry Nuggets team from the playoffs. He finished with 50 points,10 assists and 16 rebounds and a game-winning 36 foot dagger to crush Denver’s playoff hopes in a 106–105 thriller. He also clinched the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42.
Russell Westbrook is having one of the greatest seasons in NBA history. Let’s call it what it is. To me, he is the MVP of the NBA. There is no doubt about it. He just set an NBA record for most triple-doubles in a single season with 42, surpassing Oscar Robertson (41). He is first place in the league in scoring with 31.9 points a game. He is the only player in NBA history now ( along with Oscar Robertson ) to average a triple-double for an entire season with 31.9 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds.
Give the man his props! He has some incredibly mediocre players on his team and yet has the Thunder at sixth place in the Western Conference and heading to the playoffs. Without him on that team, there is no way in hell they make the playoffs and are probably near the bottom of the Western Conference in terms of wins. James Harden has more wins but plays on a much better team. Which one is more valuable to their team? It is a no-brainer. Russell Westbrook. It is also his heart. He is the most exciting player to watch in the NBA this season and is right up there to me with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Allen Iverson for players who play with the most heart and passion in the last 20 years. They leave it all out there on the floor and Russell epitomizes that expression. He brings it every night and takes no games off. Stay tuned to see what he does in the NBA Playoffs. I’m expecting big things from the soon-to-be MVP.
Video Credit: NBA. “Russell Westbrook NBA RECORD 42ND TRIPLE DOUBLE Full Game Highlights | April 9, 2017.” Online Video Clip. YouTube. YouTube, April 9, 2017. Web. April 10, 2017.