Since the departure of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook has been playing with a chip on his shoulder.
Many believed that the Easy Money Sniper, left because of Westbrook selfishness and need to take excessive shots. What hurt the most out of all of this was Durant choosing to go to the team that came back from a 3-1 deficit that eliminated Westbrook & Durant from the conference finals.
Regardless of how you feel, since KD winning a ring and Finals MVP the pressure has been weighing on Westbrook. Since then, the UCLA guard has been a walking triple-double, amassing some impressive stats on the production side. However, it has come at a cost of efficiency when it comes to shooting and overall accuracy.
There’s no doubt that Westbrook has the demeanor to lead his team when it comes to drive, and sheer will. But there is still questionable characteristics when it comes to his ability to execute during the stretch that leaves many wondering.
Last year was a huge wake-up call, as the addition of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony brought about high expectation regarding being a powerhouse. That theory was short-lived as Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell put on a performance in the playoffs that sent the Oklahoma Thunder home packing.
Over the summer major changes took place, one which we saw when Carmelo Anthony severed ties with Oklahoma. In a move that saved the Thunder millions in the luxury tax, Russell and George were seen as the leaders going forward.
Russell came into this season with plenty of critics ready to comment at every move. With the season just getting under-way, many people are already starting to panic regarding where the Russell Westbrook lead Thunder will end up. The west is already stacked with dynamite talent, including the arrival of LeBron James looking to shift the conference.
Westbrook has had amazing stars by his side the likes of: Kevin Durant, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Victor Oladipo. Starting off the season 0-4 is already sending the message that Westbrook time is OKC should come to an end sooner than later.
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