This article is about the once in a generation talent that is Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was born on November 12th, 1988. He was drafted in 2008. Coming into the league, there’s a lot to learn for any player, especially for a SG turned PG. Over the years he’s racked up an impressive amount of accolades.
All-Rookie first team (2009)
2x Scoring champion (2015,2017)
2x Assist leader (2018,2019)
2x All-NBA First team (2016,2017)
5x All-NBA Second team (2011-2013,2015,2018)
All-NBA Third team (2019)
8x NBA All-star
2x All-star game MVP
NBA MVP 2017
If he were to never get a ring, it’s my personal belief (maybe a little bias) that he’d still be a shoe in for the HOF. Throughout the course of his career Westbrook has had teammates that most other star players in the league could only dream of playing alongside. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George, Victor Oladipo, & Serge Ibaka (don’t know if that statement works with him though). Seeing how Sabonis is looking more like a stud with every passing season you might as well add him to the list as well. Apart from one individual, everyone who has had the privilege of playing alongside him have all only had positive things to say about him and his work ethic. Looking back, regardless of who he’s had to play next too, he’s always made the best of it. Over the last 3 seasons, Russ has averaged a triple double. During his tenure with the Thunder, he was 72-20 when he got a triple double. Criticism was coming in from every corner when Paul George was traded to Oklahoma City because the media thought he wouldn’t be able to play off of the ball more. He went on that year to average 25-11-10 on the year. Not to mention, Paul George and Steven Adams both had career years playing alongside him.That postseason, Oklahoma City’s star-players were dealing with injuries that they tried to play through, much like last season which ended in similar fashion. Ultimately, Russ ended up parting ways with the Thunder via trade after his name turned up in trade talks with the Toronto Raptors. Once again ending up playing with James Harden, this season is a new chance for him to be successful (win a chip) in a different system.