Russell Westbrook is a household name in the NBA. The 27 year old is known for his explosiveness and his passion on the court.
But here’s the question…Is Westbrook the best all-around point guard in the league?
He has 4 triple-doubles so far this season. It’s not easy to get a triple-double in any position, or in any league in the world, but Westbrook is no stranger of a triple-double. He had 11 triple-doubles last season! Throughout his career Russell has 27 of them so far, and you can expect that number to increase.
In terms of Westbrook’s numbers this season, they speak for themselves. He is averaging 24.4 points per game, which is 7th in the NBA.
His 7.1 rebounds a night puts him in the top 50 in the league. Although that doesn’t sound too impressive, he is a point guard! The players above him on the list are all bigs and forwards. For the smallest player on the court to be grabbing 7 rebounds a game is incredibly impressive!
The 4 time all-star is also averaging 9.5 assists a game, which is 4th in the league. These assists have helped fellow superstar Kevin Durant rack up the points. KD is 3rd in the league in scoring. Much of this is down to the dime dropping from Russell Westbrook.
Finally, he leads the league in steals, with 2.4 steals per game!
It’s almost unheard of to find a player among the league leaders in 2 or more of those 4 main statistics. Now we all know that Steph Curry is the best scorer at the PG position, and we know Rajon Rondo is the best passer of the ball. The stats show that. But Westbrook isn’t far behind either of them! He is among the league leaders in both points AND assists, as well as steals!!
Surely this makes Westbrook the most complete point guard in the NBA? He can do damage on both ends of the floor, and the stats prove that!
His in-game presence is arguably the most influential in the league. He is so passionate, and so hungry to win. All it takes is a dunk from Russell to get your team going, or a 3 point play. His partnership with Kevin Durant makes the Thunder one of the most deadly offensive teams in the league.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently 3rd in the Western Conference with a 29-12 record as we begin the second half of the season. OKC are also 2nd in the NBA for points per game.
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