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Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Regular Season Per-Game Stats: 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 23.9 PER
Postseason Per-Game Stats: 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 26.3 PER
Injury Update (April 26 at 4:20 PM ET)
Russell Westbrook came in at No. 6 before the Associated Press (via ESPN) broke the news that the uber-athletic point guard had torn his lateral meniscus. Now he's doomed to fall in the injured section for the time being.
It's a shame, both for us basketball fans and, more importantly, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Almost everyone enjoys watching Westbrook produce remarkable highlights, and the Thunder relied on his offensive prowess quite a bit. Unless Kevin Durant goes into complete takeover mode, the Western Conference got a lot weaker when news of this injury broke.
Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
Hideous as Russell Westbrook's leather outfit may have been, we're now in the postseason. It's not like the All-Star break has just ended, meaning that I can no longer legitimately dock the talented point guard for his fashion choices.
Plus, I don't want to make Westbrook mad. As Patrick Beverley found out during the Houston Rockets' Game 2 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, an angry Westbrook is a dangerous player. He might take a few more ill-advised shots, but when he attacks without regard for human life, the results are largely positive.
Westbrook fell just two rebounds shy of a triple-double to open the first-round series, and he followed the outing up with another 29 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
While the dynamic floor general has been terrific thus far, he has to fall a few spots in the rankings because he hasn't put together an early postseason resume that's comparable to the ones the next two players have already compiled.