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Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 23.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.8 steals, 23.95 PER
I've never understood the level of hate that Russell Westbrook receives on a daily basis. Sure, he might shoot too much sometimes, but he brings so many positives to the table for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
That team would not have enjoyed so much success over the last year if Westbrook wasn't running the show.
Take this tweet from the one and only Skip Bayless:
Based on Bayless' body of work, he seems to have a personal vendetta against Westbrook. He's certainly not finding the right time to pick nits here.
In that game, a loss to the New York Knicks, Westbrook shot 15-of-27 from the field, finishing with 37 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and one turnover. But those 27 shots are definitely far too many.
This isn't just Bayless speaking, though.
I've seen far too many opinions like his recently, so let me set it straight here: Westbrook is playing utterly fantastic basketball right now.
The Thunder can live with the occasional forced shot, simply because the dynamic point guard creates so much offense by attacking the basket with relentless fury. If Westbrook can keep the turnovers down, as he's done over the past five games by averaging only 2.6 cough-ups per contest, he's just too hard to stop.