Apr. 18, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard (0) Russell Westbrook passes the ball under pressure from Phoenix Suns forward (3) Jared Dudley in the first quarter at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Russell Westbrook most valuable second-option in NBA

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Russell Westbrook is having the best season of his career and has had almost as much to do with the Thunder’s success as Kevin Durant has.

Westbrook was named the most valuable second-option by Steve Aschburner today, just edging out Dwyane Wade.

The fact that Westbrook has surpassed Wade in this regard this season speaks volumes to how far he has come. Wade has been injured some this season and missed some games but nevertheless Westbrook took another step toward superstardom this season.

Westbrook is averaging a career-high 23.9 points per game this season and shooting a career-high 46.2 percent from the field.

When the Thunder were playing their best basketball a few weeks ago it was with Westbrook averaging just under 29 points per game while shooting more than Durant.

I’ve written that the Thunder need James Harden to take some of Westbrook’s touches away in the playoffs for the Thunder to have their best shot at winning a title but if Westbrook can get back to the level he was at a few weeks ago, that may work as well.

There are just four games left in the regular season for the Thunder who are a half game back of San Antonio for the top seed in the West. Westbrook will not only be looking to lead the Thunder into the one-seed but also finish strong and make a case for being named First Team All-NBA where Chris Paul is likely his biggest competition.

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