Durant Backs Westbrook & Takes Shot At Skip

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Before monday’s game against the Grizzles Kevin Durant finally responded to all of Skip Bayless’ rants on how Russell Westbrook shoots the ball to much. Skip Bayless is always praising Durant talking about how Westbrook needs to pass him the ball more. This isn’t very surprising but Durant dissagrees with Skip and takes the side of his teammate on this one.

According to The Oklahoman, this is what Kevin Durant had to say about Bayless,

“That guy doesn’t know a thing about basketball.”

Skip Bayless has been known as a controversial sports journalist and this isn’t the first time someone has said he doesnt know anything about basketball. KD also had this to say,

“We’re worse when I take more shots,” Durant said. “Like I said, that guy doesn’t know a thing. I don’t think he watches us. I think he just looks at the stats. And traditionally, a point guard is not supposed to take more shots than everybody else on the team. But we’re better when he does do that and he’s aggressive. And I’m better when I’m out there facilitating, rebounding, defending and being more efficient on my shots with less shots.”

This is why the Thunder are arguably the best team in the NBA right now. Teamwork. When would you ever hear Kobe Bryant or Lebron James say that their team is better when someone else takes more shots, whether it be true or not? Westbrook is only 7 shots behind Durant on total shots for the season. If Westbrook was your average point gaurd this may be a problem, but he isn’t. Westbrook is having a MVP like season. The Thunder are 20-4 when Westbrook takes more shots than KD, with an average margin of 12.4 points.

Based on number I can’t agree with Skip on this one. The Thunder are clearly a better team when Westbrook is more agressive. But let’s wait til the playoffs and see who takes the most shots then, when it really matters.

 

Topics: Kevin Durant, MVP, Russell Westbrook, Skip Bayless

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  • statforthat

    I hope Skip is just being provocative; he’s starting to become a parody of himself.  The stats don’t back him up.  It might become a problem in the playoffs if Westbrook’s shot selection regresses, but KD shooting less than Westbrook is working for now.   http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2012/04/nba-does-russell-westbrook-really-need.html

  • Christian Blanks

    Exactly. I personally think Westbrook is capable of having the ball in his hands in late game situations. He has improved a ton since last year. It’s just the fact that he also plays with Kevin Durant who has proven himself many times in late game situations, so of course it’d be logical to get him the ball. But i’m comfortable with Westbrook taking the shot.

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