Russell Westbrook Makes NBA History

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  1. SSJPhenom

    SSJPhenom The Phenom of WZ

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    The past few seasons in the NBA have been spectacles. We've seen a new player rise up and challenge LeBron's status as the face of the league. That same player became the first ever unanimous league MVP in NBA History. Which was something. We seen the very first team to ever come back from being down 3-1 in the Finals. There's been a lot of history making moments in the last couple of NBA seasons. None may be as impressive as Russell Westbrook's, though.

    For those that don't keep up with the NBA, Russell Westbrook has become only the second man in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. His averages were 31.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg, and 10.4 apg. That makes him the first man since Oscar Robertson in the 61-62 season to have averaged a triple double. He also broke Robertson's record for the most triple doubles in a season. When you actually stop and think about it, that's amazing. Westbrook has accomplished something that the best players in NBA history never even got close to accomplishing. Jordan didn't do it. Neither did Magic, Kareem, Kobe, Duncan, Thomas, Erving, Chamberlin, LeBron; I could go on and on and the only other person that would be on the list would be Robertson. There are those in the media and others who are trying to down play this accomplishment by saying that Westbrook was a ball hog. To that I say, the man averaged 10.4 apg. Then they'll say that his team boxed out for him so that he could get all of those rebounds. To that I say, that's what good teammates are supposed to do.

    If Westbrook's team were still a losing team despite his impressive numbers, then I would see a problem with it, however, they're not. As a matter of fact, he led them to winning 47 games in a very tough western conference and a playoff birth. That's quite impressive when you realize that Westbrook is literally the only player on his team with all star potential. To go even further with how Westbrook helped his team, whenever he would get a triple double, they won more than 80% of their games. So it definitely wasn't hurting his team for him to get all of those numbers. Even with such an impressive season, though, there are those out there debating whether or not the man should be the MVP of the league this season.

    So I ask, what do you guys think? Should Westbrook undoubtedly be the MVP this season? Should individual performance dictate the MVP or should the player's team's success dictate the MVP? Does this NBA Season put him in the pantheon of great NBA players? Is it too early to be talking about Westbrook's place in NBA history even though he's done something that only one other man has done? Let me know your opinions.
     
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  2. Slash-LN

    Slash-LN Rigistered Post Offender

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    MVP should be a combination of factors.

    Individual performance comes in with the theory of would the team be as successful without said player?

    In the Jordan era the Bulls failed to win the championship without him. They had good players but he was the driving force.

    Would Golden State have been able to get it done without Steph? Cleveland couldn't have done it without Lebron. The Lakers have been miserable without Kobe. And if I remember right weren't very good his last season but by that point he really wasn't elite.

    Team success should be a factor as well. If the numbers aren't helping put the team over the top or if MVP candidate isn't doing enough to motivate his teammates to step up then they're probably lacking the leader qualities you want in an MVP.

    When I say success though I don't just mean a championship. A winning season, making the playoffs, exceeding expectations should all at least be considered.

    I'm not familiar with their roster this year because I tuned out after December but if they have no legitimate other all star caliber players and he still managed to lead them to the playoffs with such an amazing performance he needs to be strongly considered.

    I don't know what the case is for anyone else in consideration. So if you can make a case for someone deserving it more then please go for it.
     
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