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Russell Westbrook HAS To Be the 2017 NBA MVP


It’s time to end the MVP talk and appreciate what we have just witnessed. Russell Westbrook has put up the single greatest individual season in NBA history. A season which was better than any of Michael, Kobe or LeBron’s best years. A season which can’t even be replicated in a video game. Seriously. These are things that people used to joke about, as if they were humanly impossible. Who would’ve ever thought a 6-foot-3 point guard would average a monstrous triple-double and lead the league in scoring at the same dame time.

After losing his partner in crime to the Warriors after their best season together, Westbrook’s image and playing style was under serious question. He responded with a rage and destruction that we have never seen before. The last time a player single-handedly put a team on his back like this was A.I. in 2001. Though it’ll be hard for Brodie to take the Thunder all the way to the NBA Finals in the new super-team age and this mighty Western Conference, to have them flirting with 50 wins in a season in which they were probably only supposed to win 30, at best, is just incredible.

As great and as valuable as James Harden has been, it would be an absolute crime to not give the MVP to a guy who averaged 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists a night, without missing a single-game all year.

To do what Westbrook has done in the most athletic and advanced era of sport, is simply incredible. The numbers he is putting up and the performances he’s had would be even scarier 15-20 years ago. Players are much quicker, stronger and explosive now than ever. So every move Westbrook is making is actually being guarded or contained by longer, faster and stronger players. The game moves much faster than it did in Magic or Jordan’s era. It even moves much faster than it did in Kobe’s era. Today’s players jump and move much quicker than ever, which makes it a lot tougher to not only get to the rim and score, but to rebound as well.

Really, Westbrook is actually the only one who could have averaged a triple-double. He is a product of a God-given gift, combined with smart and hard ass work. No man in the history of this league has been as explosive. He is two-steps ahead in an era which is three steps ahead of Jordan’s, from an athletic standpoint. Think about that. His energy levels and speed is literally cartoonish. Dominating the league today is much harder than it once was. Any legitimate strength & conditioning coach in the NBA will tell you this, because they know how freakishly athletic their league has become. The players may be friendlier now, but the level of talent is at an all-time high, and it’s deep. Westbrook is at the top of that league right now and he is dominating it in savage fashion.

This guy has set the standard and raised the bar so high. No matter what numbers a player puts up again, will we ever be as amazed as we were now? Who will ever record more than 40 triple-doubles again? Who will ever do it while averaging over 30 a night? There’s only one player physically fit to do so and that is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks. But even he has years to go before we can even think about him doing it the way and level that Russ has done it at. This guy has changed the game. In a season in which Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 29 minutes and 20-year-old Devin Booker scored 70 points, we will remember what Russ did the most. A 40-point triple-double may have just become more cool than a 60 point performance, thanks to Russ. These games below are just SOME of his most ridiculous performances of the year.

There’s no denying that Russ plays better and more like himself when he has to carry the load on his own, but if the Thunder can get the right second guy with him, he’s in line to win more MVP’s. But, this year, it should be unanimous. Anything less would be disrespectful. Whenever someone does something that we didn’t think was humanly possible, and does it better than we had ever imagined, it’s a no brainer. Back when there used to be talk of LeBron James one day averaging a triple-double, it was of the thought that he would go out and put up 18, 11 and 10 one day, not 32, 11 and 10. We didn’t even think the body could withstand so much, and now Westbrook has defied that too.

Over the past two weeks, Russ put a stamp on his MVP case. He deserves for this race to end now. It’s over. He was on a mission, and he’s accomplished it. He wanted to prove people wrong and he knew by winning the most prestigious individual award in NBA history, he would do it. But, throughout the whole storm, he was extremely humble and passionate about it. You saw it at the end of the Bucks game in which he tied Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles ever, dude couldn’t help but smile. With this season alone, Russell Westbrook is already one of the five greatest point guards of all-time, and now the most dominant of his era. There aren’t five players with the letters PG next to them in the history of this game that you can honestly say are better than him. If you put this guy in any of the previous era’s, he’d get better and in head-to-head match ups, he’d eat everyone. If Westbrook puts up even close to these numbers for the next few years, and finds a way to get a title or two along the way, he’ll be in the conversation for greatest PG, ever. But eye-test wise, he’s already the most unstoppable force we’ve seen at that position.

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10 Comments

  1. Gilbert Arenas

    April 6, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Most of what you said isn’t true, calling an era “more athletic” is complete opinion and subjective, Westbrook isn’t even the best point guard in the game today, Steph Curry is still better then him, and also the thunder were predicted at the start of the season to be the 4th seed, so they actually under achieved, James Harden, Lebron James, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant are all CURRENTLY better then Westbrook, they have accolades to prove it too, and they’re all doing it in “the most athletic era in basketball” this article is a joke and is idiotic… dubs>triple dubs

  2. Matthew Meagher

    April 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Bruh u bugging if you think Westbrook is a top 5 PG all time… stats don’t matter, he won’t go to the hall of fame because of these silly padded stats, he can’t be a top 5 point guard cause Magic, Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Jason Kidd, Oscar Robertson, Steph Curry are all better then him stats can lie, and this is the easiest era to average a triple double cause rebounds r easier to get due to long rebounds and small ball, Harden is a better player, better defender, and will win MVP cause he tries to win not pad his stats

  3. Joshua Singler

    April 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Bro ur wilding if u think Westbrook actually deserves MVP, he isn’t actually helping his team win. The thunder r performing below expectations and it’s really Westbrooks fault, and the part of him being a top 5 PG all time is laughable, can’t stand it when people r just flat out stupid, harden deserves MVP more which is why he will get it

  4. Kenny Reyes

    April 7, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Dude said Westbrook top player all time I’m sleep💀💀💀he don’t even got a ring and will get swept in playoffs😂😂😂

  5. Pierce Aguilar

    April 7, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Was anything that was said in this article even relatively true… no, not even a little bit… get off the mans d**k please he’s not even a top 30 point guard all time he ain’t got no rings or awards

  6. Andy Cartwright

    April 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Real hoopers will understand this article. How much does this man have to do to get his due. He is putting up the greatest individual year ever and doing something that has never been as hard to do…average at triple-double in the most freakish era of the nba.

  7. Pete Johnson

    April 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Such an idiotic post Westbrook will never be great

  8. Johnny Hubbert

    April 10, 2017 at 5:44 am

    He’s not even the best team in his DIVISION forget league or conference… he is honestly a bad player and leader

  9. Tyler Inman

    April 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Westbrook doesn’t have a team like harden Westbrook go harder than Harden. When is the last time Harden broke a record..

  10. Tommy Colbert

    April 18, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Westbrook isn’t a top 5 player if hes not on a top 5 team especially since everyone on their starting 5 is a top 50 player

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