Russell Westbrook’s Evolution Simply Won’t Stop and Friday NBA Takeaways

January 15th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

If there were ever a time to stop thinking of Russell Westbrook as a shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body, now would be appropriate. He can still function as such—quite effectively, in fact—but Friday night's 113-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves allowed him to showcase the complete nature of his game.


Westbrook only scored 12 points against Ricky Rubio's quick hands and Zach LaVine's athleticism, but with 11 rebounds and 10 assists, he still managed to submit his fourth triple-double of the season. And since this was the Oklahoma City Thunder's 41st outing in 2015-16, that means he's on pace to have eight such performances this year—a feat only Larry Bird, Draymond Green, Grant Hill, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd, Fat Lever and Darrell Walker have achieved in the last three decades. 

Oh, and Westbrook. He had 11 in 2014-15 while serving as a one-man show in Kevin Durant's absence. 

But this year, things are different. Westbrook is playing alongside Durant and thriving as more of a "true" point guard than ever before. It's not like he was the onl ...

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