Coming into the 2011 NBA Playoffs, everything seemed rosy in Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant had fully blossomed into one of the most dangerous scorers in the league, coach Scott Brooks was a Coach of the Year candidate and role-players like Serge Ibaka, James Harden and Eric Maynor were playing well.
Maybe the most exciting part of the equation was that Russell Westbrook had emerged as arguably the most exciting young athlete in the game.
Westbrook often rivaled Durant in terms of scoring acumen, and he had proven to be a magician with the basketball.
In the 2011 NBA Playoffs though, things went south.
Suddenly, Westbrook's shots weren't falling as much. His driving lanes were being cut off, and there were games where he seemed to be forcing his shot, which not only hurt his scoring, but Durant's as well.
Now, there is talk that the Thunder may look to sell high on Westbrook to bring in a more traditional pass-first point guard to team with Durant.
Even with his inconsistent performance in the postseason, there will surely be significant interest in Westbrook's services. There is certainly no denying his incredible talent. It will just be about matching him with the right team.