The last week in the NBA has been arguably the best week thus far. It has everything that the normal NBA week has, ridiculous dunks from Blake Griffin and a crazy 30-20 game from Kevin Love. Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce breaking huge milestones and the biggest story of the year Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Lin has single-handedly made the Knicks exciting AND relevant in just five games. This great week was capped of with Lin winning the East player of the week award along with…. o ya Westbrook winning it in the West.
With all this excitement Westbrook and the Thunder continue to be second page news. I want to say it right now, I am not taking anything away from Jeremy Lin. The kid can absolutely ball. Not only is he winning, he as made New York exciting. His arsenal of moves amazes me. I saw him crossover, spin. Euro-step, throw oops and drain threes all in one quarter. He absolutely deserved the player of the week award, but so did Westbrook.
Lin tallied 27.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals and a perfect 4-0 record from Feb. 6th through Feb 12th. Truly amazing numbers from some guy considered a bum coming from the D-Leauge and sleeping on couches to rejuvenate the Knicks. The energy he has brought not only to New York, but to everyone in America is the things they make movies about. If you haven’t watched this kid play yet you need too.
So that leaves us with Westbrook flying a bit under the radar. Westbrook, in his second player of the week award, put up 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals. The Thunder had a record of 3-1 in that week, playing all four games on the road in five nights. Each game Westbrook has at least 28 points providing a very consistent scoring option beside Durant.
Even with Westbrook’s great week you still hear the typical naysayers saying that Westbrook needs to pass more and are slow to give Westbrook his credit. Maybe he does need to make better decisions, but with Ibaka and Perkins starting, the Thunder need more great offensive weeks like this from Westbrook to maintain the best record in the NBA.
Westbrook’s continued growth from year to year seems to go overlooked. The learning curve for someone only playing point guard for four years is extremely step, and many people clamor for a trade. Maybe Westbrook isn’t the best fit for OKC, but all the guy does is continue to work hard every day. The biggest thing is Russ WANTS to be in OKC. In a week where Brandon Jennings said he will sign his qualifying offer, a move almost unheard of by people exciting their rookie contract, we have to remember that keeping stars in small markets is always a big challenge.
So while Westbrook might not be resurrecting basketball in the Mecca, or at the center of trade sending him to the Lakers, he should not go overlooked. Stories will always come and go in the NBA, and all Westbrook seems to worry about is working hard and winning. So maybe it’s time we start giving Westbrook some of the respect in which he has rightfully earned.