With Kevin Durant out of the picture, Russell Westbrook has assumed the spot as the face of the franchise with Oklahoma City Thunder. This put him in position as the unquestioned No.1 scoring option on the team. In the Thunder’s first home win of the season, Westbrook made NBA history with a monstrous performance.
Russell Westbrook with 51-12-10. That’s the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem in 1975.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 29, 2016
Westbrook had his fingerprints all over the overtime win against the Phoenix Suns. The 27-year-old has continued to show that he can excel in the spot as the primary offensive option for an NBA franchise as he has become a triple-double machine over the last couple of years. It has also elevated him among the elite players in the league and has become a perennial MVP candidate.
What’s most intriguing about this all is that he will have plenty more opportunities to put together many mind-boggling performances this season and beyond. He is the focal point of the offense for the Thunder with no true second option behind him. This could just be the tip of the iceberg for what could be a historic year for Westbrook.