NBA Rumors: Russell Westbrook’s Performance May Help OKC To Retain Kevin Durant
Where will Kevin Durant land in this summer? Rumors are growing louder day by day regarding the Oklahoma City Thunder All-star’s future. But OKC, has another equally promising performer; Russell Westbrook. Durant wants to play for a contender. And Westbrook’s brilliance combined with Durant has lifted OKC to a position from where they can eye the NBA title.Advertisement
Both Durant and Westbrook have posted MVP-caliber performance this season. They have kept Oklahoma in the championship run leading the side to an eight game winning streak. So, Westbrook by no means is lagging behind Kevin Durant on-court.
Westbrook, once accused of being too reckless to embrace team-basketball, has evolved with the guidance of Oscar Robertson in this edition of the league. During the eight game winning streak, Westbrook posted averages of 20.5 points, 12 assists, 9.6 rebounds and 3.1 turnovers per game, according to the USA Today. Apart from this, he has notched up a league high of 16 triple doubles. The numbers tell the tale of Westbrook’s brilliance this season.
Will the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook combination make the Thunder a hot favorite to win next season’s NBA title? Well, Durant is the only player in this league who is averaging at least 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The eight game winning streak has shown glimpses of a champion in the making.
Westbrook has made a maximum 240 assists to Durant, a testament of the on-court combination’s progress. Golden State Warriors’ leading scorer & MVP Stephen Curry has received a maximum 141 assists from Draymond Green. Surely, Oklahoma need more play-making stuff from other ends to triumph in the later phases of the coming playoffs. But no doubt, Durant & Westbrook has lifted OKC to a considerable extent. Westbrook has even surpassed LeBron James to the second spot after Curry in the NBA Player Power rankings, according to the ESPN. Durant can consider any other side in the free agency as par his title aspirations, but Westbrook has done everything on his part to convince Durant to stay at Thunder.