The more I think about the Russell Westbrook extension, the more obvious it seems why the Oklahoma City Thunder had to do it.
The only reason this would be even questioned at all was due to the backlash that Westbrook received during the playoffs last season. Just before that, he was a 2nd Team All-NBA selection and had a breakout season.
Often we, and I’m guilty of this to, live in a fantasy world when it comes to sports. I just throw out there that Rajon Rondo should be traded for Westbrook. I did hear that was a potential trade rumor on a Bill Simmons podcast and it seems like something that could make sense but at the end of the day, the NBA isn’t fantasy basketball. There’s so much more that goes into trades and things like that.
After the extension news yesterday, I started thinking of the young players that would be in Westbrook’s class and really just who else is out there. What else could the Thunder envision for their future if not Westbrook?
The more you think about it, the more obvious it is how lucky the Thunder actually are to have Westbrook and why they shouldn’t be considering abandoning their young core of players.
Here’s a list of the best players in the NBA drafted from 2008-10:
1. Derrick Rose
2. Blake Griffin
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Kevin Love
5. Tyreke Evans
6. John Wall
7. James Harden
8. Ricky Rubio
9. Eric Gordon
10. Stephen Curry
Westbrook is in his fourth year and Durant his fifth. Two years from now when some of the current stars get a little older, isn’t this tandem going to be by far the best we have in this league? That’s when their window for winning titles should start.
That’s when this team is going to be scary especially if they can keep Harden too. It’s even scarier that they already might be good enough to make it to the Finals this year.
Andrew Kennedy is an Editor for ThunderousIntentions.com. Follow him on Twitter @akennedy41 or read more of his NBA analysis at truehoopdrew.com.