Russell Westbrook over the last several seasons has established himself as one of the top players in the league. He’s a legitimate franchise cornerstone player that has the all-around game to boot. In light of that, Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan gave Westbrook the ultimate praise.
To put up those numbers, the people that are in that category, he’s a Hall of Fame player. I mean, that’s really what he is. He’s a Hall of Fame player. And it’s really remarkable what he’s doing.”
“He’s extremely rare, just because I’ve never seen a player be able to impact the game in the amount of ways he can impact it. And I mean that from a standpoint of analytically or statistically. He’s impacting our team in terms of his leadership, he impacts our team raising our energy, he raises when we’re down. … He can do so many different things. I think that’s why he plays so fearlessly, because he knows there are ways for him [to impact the game]. He’s not just a one-way limited player.”
“As a coach you feel very, very blessed and fortunate to be able to work with someone like that every single day, just because he takes it so seriously. He cares so much about the team, and winning.”
Westbrook is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season averaging just short of a triple-double with 31.2 points, 11.1 assists, and 9.9 rebounds per game. He has already registered a mind-blogging seven triple-troubles and 14 double-doubles through the first 18 games this season. Westbrook may be on pace to put up numbers that have never been seen before in league history.
He is just a special talent that the NBA has rarely seen before and has only improved even more just about every season. With Westbrook producing at this level, Donovan’s statement is beginning not to sound too far-fetched. We could all be witnessing one of the greatest individual seasons that the NBA has ever seen.