NBA Trade Rumors: Why Russell Westbrook Must Remain in Oklahoma City
Despite Postseason Struggles, Star Point Guard Should Remain With Thunder
In each of his three NBA seasons, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has improved in all major offensive categories. Slowly but surely, he's becoming a top player who can score effectively as well as dish out the assists. Just last season, he shot 44 percent from the field while averaging 21.9 points and 8.2 assists.
Then, the playoffs started.
In the playoffs, Westbrook just looked like a different player. He threw up bad shot after bad shot despite his teammates being open and shot 39 percent from the field. The Thunder made the West Finals, but his showboating probably sealed the team's fate as they lost to the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks.
Even worse, in 17 playoff games, Westbrook received six technical fouls. Keep in mind, he only received eight in 82 regular season games.
Still, if the Thunder want to contend for a title, hanging on to Westbrook is the best thing to do. They have improved each season he has been on the team and considering last year's appearance in the Western Conference Finals, the team are not far off from that elusive championship. Thus, the REAL Agent Zero must stay in Oklahoma City.
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