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Russell Westbrook is one of the most criticized players in the league, due to his high-risk, high-reward playing style.
Though usually he comes through most plays with the high-reward, when he does fail, it looks especially bad on his part. A lot of his failures are spotlighted and the question that arises the most is, "Why didn't he pass it to Kevin Durant?"
This is a good question if say, Thabo Sefolosha was throwing up some bad shots, but with Russell Westbrook, some of his crazy shots can be validated.
Durant is unquestionably the star of the team and the best player in OKC, but Westbrook is also without question right behind him.
That means that when Durant is being harassed on offense with double teams, Westbrook becomes the No. 1 option and that means he should be aggressive on offense.
This can look really bad at times, when he tries to force a layup and misses, but what people often don't see is how smothered Durant is off the ball.
Westbrook's numbers have proven that he can perform well and do so consistently, but his biggest downfall for critics is what is seen as being a selfish, bitter sidekick who wants to be the star.
This is not the case for Westbrook, however, and he is not the villain he is played out to be by the media.
Instead, he is one of the best up-and-coming young stars of the NBA, who is paired with one of the best players in the league and playing for one of the best teams in the league.
Sure, his shot selection and decision-making needs work, but that can be taught and the natural talent that makes him a superstar cannot be taught.