Like him or not, this is the season Russell Westbrook deserves the MVP award more than anyone else in the NBA. And let’s face it folks, “The Triple-Double Machine” (as some of us may call him) lets his game do the talking for him as he leads the charge for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Right now, the Thunder are in 7th place in the Western Conference which can be considered as a surprise for a team which lost Kevin Durant during free agency. Honestly speaking, I thought Westbrook and company would be sitting somewhere near the bottom of the standings as I didn’t think back then that the Thunder would perform well this season to say the least.
Durant’s departure has hurt many fans and arguably Westbrook himself, but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by the lack of a scoring partner on the court. You see folks, Russell Westbrook is doing just fine by himself. How? Here’s exactly how –Through 27 games of the 2016-2017 season, Westbrook is averaging 30 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds per game. Yep folks, you read it right. Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple double and 2016 isn’t gone yet. He has also produced 50 career triple doubles under his belt, one of the highest among active players. If averaging a triple double during the course of the season isn’t enough for Westbrook to win his first NBA MVP award, then I don’t know what more he needs to accomplish.
As I reiterate, Westbrook is averaging 30 points per game, and he’s not just the leading scorer for his team and the top scorer among point guards in the NBA, but ladies and gentlemen, Russell Westbrook is the league’s leading scorer. He is also the leading rebounder among all point guards and ranked 13th in rebounding among all players. And most importantly, “The Triple Double Machine” is No.2 in the league in assists per game.
I have to emphasize the fact that Russell Westbrook is the No.2 league leader in assists per game considering the fact that he currently tops the NBA when it comes to total field goals attempted per game. You can’t call Westbrook a “ball hog” because he’s taking more shots and converting them while also proving highly capable of passing the ball to open teammates. Furthermore, Westbrook has the most triple-doubles this season with 13, and has also tied with former teammate and now Houston Rockets star, James Harden for most double-doubles this season with 21.
The 2016-2017 season is still young and Russell Westbrook is definitely not yet done making Kevin Durant wonder if he chose the right path when he joined some super team (Warriors) which blew a 3-1 series lead during last season’s NBA Finals. With or without a scoring partner, Russell Westbrook deserves the MVP award more than anyone else. He’s the leading scorer while averaging a triple double, and ultimately showing the rest of the NBA that he’s more than dunks and streaky shots.
Russell Westbrook, whether you hate him or love him, is the ideal MVP candidate and not just some shooter or some guy who switches teams. Russell Westbrook is about the game. He’s the complete package of a player that any coach in the league would love to have in their line-up. He can shoot, pass the ball, and out-rebound most big guys. He’s basically everything great about basketball.
When was the last time we actually saw a guy who averaged a triple double during the regular season? Answer, 55 years ago. It’s about time that someone break the spell and make history repeat itself. If Russell Westbrook can maintain this type of consistency on both ends of the court, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t win the MVP award this season. If there’s anything that would hinder him from getting his first ever MVP award, it’s an injury or a little bit of politics. But that’s another story for another time.