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Westbrook Deserves Credit, not Criticism

Russell Westbrook Averages Triple-Double For Second Straight Season

April 13, 2018 - 11:02 am

By Austin Medina

The fact that Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook is getting critiqued is absurd.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season as the Thunder secured the four seed in the West. In the last two games, Westbrook needed 34 rebounds to average 10 rebounds for the season. He grabbed 18 rebounds and 20 rebounds in the respective games.

Critics have bashed Westbrook for “padding stats” and “looking out for himself.”

Really? It's shameful that anyone could discredit what this man has accomplished. Honestly, take a step back for a second.

Ask yourself “Why does it matter that he went out for the record?” The Thunder had a squash game against the sorry Memphis Grizzlies and Westbrook secured an incredible record for the second straight season.

Should people be outraged since LeBron James played a meaningless game against the Knicks just to say he played “all 82 games this season at age 34?” Consistency matters when criticizing a player and praising another.

I’m confused. Why aren’t we admiring the accomplishment?

Last season Westbrook, after losing Kevin Durant, broke a record that lasted for more than 50 years. He averaged a triple double for the first time since Oscar Robertson did it in 1962 with minimal talent. A record that stood for 55 years broke back-to-back years. He earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and brought intrigue to an average team. Lets be realistic, the man is incredible!

After getting a talent surge with the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Westbrook did it again this season. The Thunder finished in fourth place after placing sixth last season.

This is the face of Oklahoma City. A player who never disappoint with his effort. Night in and night out, Westbrook plays with passion. Such a style of play should be desired, not undervalued.

The Thunder start the playoffs with a series with the Utah Jazz. The series begins in Oklahoma City and one thing is certain. Russell Westbrook will give 100% as he does every game. Incredible statistics will soon follow. It’s important not to condemn greatness but simply embrace greatness!