The Liberation of Russell Westbrook

Published on 16-Nov-2016 by Raoul Duke

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The Liberation of Russell Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't a threat to compete for the NBA title this season.

In an always stacked Western Conference, they're not even assured a playoff spot.

However, none of this really matters, because Russell Westbrook is free at last.

No longer burdened with having to share the ball or the court with Kevin Durant, Westbrook is simply going off.

He's putting up some truly silly numbers, more or less averaging a triple-double with 32 points and just a shade under 10 boards and 10 assists per game.

Small sample size of 11 games played notwithstanding, that's pretty sweet.

The Brodie is more or less the only legitimate scoring threat remaining on the Thunder roster.

More importantly, dude's completely aware of this fact and comfortable with handling the ball almost constantly.

Here's Westbrook dropping 51 points on the Phoenix Suns:

This is going to be a recurring theme in the Association this season, and Westbrook has a decent shot at his second scoring title.

The Thunder are going nowhere this season, but dude's going to get his, regardless.