Russell Westbrook Not Named All-star Starter

Russell Westbrook, an 5x all-star is averaging a career best 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game. If he continues on this pace he will become only the 2nd player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. The other player is hall of fame legend Oscar “The Big O” Robertson. Note that Robertson played nearly 50 years ago in an era when there were only nine NBA teams, the defenses were non existent, and he averaged 44 minutes per game.

Westbrook is averaging 34.6 minutes per game for the 2016-2017 season. Many basketball coaches, players, fans, and analytic gurus call Westbrook the greatest athlete at the point guard position the league has ever seen.

With all of that being said, by the way were pure facts, Westbrook was snubbed once again of another honor. He will not be starting for the Western Conference All-Star team in 2017. Instead,  James Harden and 2x reigning MVP Stephen Curry will be starting.

Harden is averaging 28.9ppg,  8.3rebs, and 11.6asts. Those points qualify him for 2nd in the league to Westbrook, and those assists qualify him 1st. He will probably win the MVP this year seeming that his team have exceeded expectations, number three in the western conference playoffs standings, and while Westbrook and the Thunder are sitting at number seven.

Curry is having a sub-par to his own standards season. Averaging 24 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds per game. You tell me the issue with that. His team is sitting at number one, but he’s playing with 3 other all-stars on his team. Westbrook is basically carrying his team every night, while remaining an above average team.


Author: armanitfryer

Armani T. Fryer is the brand. A collegiate multimedia journalist emphasizing is sports reporting and analyst. Jackson State University

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