Russell Westbrook is going to have a monster season, he might have 30 triple-doubles, he might be the league MVP. That’s basically what I heard about Westbrook after Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.
I agree Westbrook will be amazing this season but I don’t think he will be the MVP. This season will be Westbrook’s F U season. He is 2005-06 Kobe Bryant. He will be doing some things that make your jaw drop but he won’t be MVP and his team might make the playoffs.
Now hear me out before you get all upset. Just think back to that Kobe. Shaq was traded from the Lakers to the Heat to start the 2004-05 season. That year Kobe was surrounded by Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Chucky Atkins, Chris Miham, Luke Walton, Brain Grant and Brain Cook to name a few. After being coached by Phil Jackson he now had Rudy Tomjanovich; a championship winning coach who left midseason due to health problems. Frank Hamblen took over, yeah who?
Kobe was banged up and he only played in 66 games. He averaged 27 ppg but the Lakers missed the playoffs. Kobe couldn’t have his F U season with Shaq gone.
Fast forward to the 2005-06 season. Phil Jackson returns, the Lakers make the playoffs and Kobe Bryant says F U to the entire league. The man averaged 35.4 ppg, the highest mark since Michael Jordan averaged 34.9 in the 1987-88 season. He had six games over 50 points including the 81point game. More impressive to me was the game against the Dallas Mavericks where he outscored the Mavs 62-61 in just three quarters of action. He scored under 20 points just three times all season.
The Lakers returned to the playoffs and blew a 3-1 lead against the Phoenix Suns without Amar’e Stoudemire. There were a couple more growing seasons for the team before Kobe was named league MVP and the Lakers were back to back champions. But for that brief moment I don’t think Kobe really cared, he wanted to show how good of an offensive player he was.
Now we look at Westbrook. The biggest story of the off-season looming over the Thunder every time they take the floor. Kevin Durant joining an already stacked Warriors team that knocked them out of the playoffs. Every game there is the question, what will Westbrook do?
Three games in he’s scored 32, 51 and 33. He has back to back triple doubles. He took 44 shots in a game already. Kobe took 46 shots in the game when he scored 81 points. Kobe averaged 27 field goal attempts per game that season as well. In three games Westbrook is at 28 field goal attempts per game.
The record for triple-doubles in a season is 41 by Oscar Robertson during the 1961-62 season, the season he averaged a triple-double. Wilt Chamberlain is second with 31 triple-doubles. Russell Westbrook might break that record or come really close. He had 18 last season and he might break that by the all-star break.
The Oklahoma City Thunder might not be that good this season but Westbrook will lead the way in highlights. They had two close games against subpar teams and the schedule will get tougher within the week. They will face the Clippers and Warriors. I think the Thunder can go 1-1 in those games and Westbrook will put up big numbers.
Don’t expect Westbrook to win the MVP but he might average a triple-double. For those of you that don’t know, Oscar Robertson didn’t win MVP either when he averaged a triple-double. This will be Westbrook’s F U season and it will be one for the ages.