Teammate says Russell Westbrook is a once-in-a-generation talent
After the 122-116 victory, Thunder forward Abdel Nader perfectly described Westbrook’s current level of play and how the former MVP winner measures against the current competition.
“He is a once-in-a-generation kind of guy,” Nader said, via ESPN. “He’s special. On both ends, he plays with the energy level I think some guys wish they could play with.”
Westbrook notched a 23-point, 17-rebound, and 16-assist triple-double on Thursday. This was number 15 of the season, and surely, this was one of his best performances thus far.
By his high standards, however, Westbrook is having a bit of a down season, especially when compared to his MVP year two seasons ago. Right now, the 30-year-old is averaging 21.9 points (his lowest mark in the past five years) on 41.8 percent shooting (his lowest since his sophomore year), 1.2 three-pointers, 10.8 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 2.4 steals (all three are career-high marks), and 4.5 turnovers.
Most notably, Westrbook is also currently shooting 65.0 percent from the line in 6.1 attempts per night, which is an absolute far cry form his career average of 80.6 percent.
It’s been a weird year for the two-time NBA scoring champ, but at least the Thunder have been great so far this season. Despite an up-and-down year from their star player, the team are still sitting on the third spot in a highly-competitive Western Conference with a 30-18 record.
The good news for Westbrook is that there’s still the second half of the season coming up, so it would not be a surprise if the All-NBA guard busts loose after the All-Star break.