Russell Westbrook is a one-man show, but the Thunder are a team
Wrote about the *other* guys on the Thunder. An excerpt:
There is presently no better show in the NBA, and maybe on earth, than Russell Westbrook’s one-man onslaught against the rest of the league. Through 40 games, Westbrook averaging 31.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.5 assists per game, putting him on track — stop me if you’ve heard this before — to become the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double over an entire season.
Let’s just list the rest. Westbrook leads the NBA in scoring, Player Efficiency Rating, Value Over Replacement Player, and Box Score Plus-Minus. He’s carrying what is by far the highest usage rate in league history, yet his shooting efficiency has barely dropped off from last year’s mark. He’s also leading the league in assist rate, creating 57.5 percent of his teammates’ baskets while he’s on the floor. If he’s not the biggest story in the NBA, he’s damn close.
One would be forgiven for thinking that Westbrook really is doing all this by his lonesome — dragging the Thunder to a 24–16 record that puts them on pace for 49 wins and a firm Western Conference playoff spot, even after losing Kevin Durant. But these Thunder aren’t akin to Allen Iverson’s 2001 Philadelphia 76ers, or not exactly. Westbrook is going supernova on a nightly basis, but Oklahoma City is also getting contributions from up and down the roster; everyone other than Westbrook just happens to be contributing within a narrowly-defined role that suits their particular talents.
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