Russell Westbrook's time has been mostly good, but there continue to be questions on whether he and Kevin Durant can co-exist. The Oklahoma City Thunder apparently don't care about those whispers. They've continued to build their team like the San Antonio Spurs did once upon a time by extending Russell Westbrook for the next five years.
Adrian Wojnarowski with Yahoo! Sports reported early Thursday afternoon that Westbrook had signed a five year, $80 million extension with Oklahoma City. The Thunder point guard is currently averaging 20 points, five assists and five rebounds a game. Those are great numbers across the board for any player not named LeBron James, but the assist totals are actually down from last two seasons where he averaged eight assists a game. History shows there's a decent chance those assist totals go up.
Aside from trading Westbrook, this was the only option for OKC and most likely the right one. At 23 years old, Westbrook has already been the second best player on a Western Conference finalist. The Thunder has the league's second best record, so why shake things up. Getting this extension done early ends any uncertainty about his future (for the next few years anyways) and I'm willing to bet will lead to better play.
What the GM Sam Presti has done in Oklahoma City is very impressive. He's definitely followed the Spurs mold of building your team through the draft (though OKC had much higher picks than San Antonio) and hitting on international talent (see: Ibaka, Serge). I still don't think Scott Brooks is the coach that gets them to the promised land, but if Durant, Westbrook and the growth of James Harden (his game, not his beard) have made the Thunder the scariest team in the Western Conference.
I am so bored tonight. My last comment on this story got me thinking, what would be my top 10 for "NBA players I hate/annoy the hell outta me." So here they are.
10. Dwight Howard
- Don't get me wrong, Dwight is a beast but when you make it known to the world that you want to be traded to certain teams....you're a jerk. Enough said.
9. Andrew Bynam
- Him being a Lakers is the major reason I hate him.
8. Mike Miller
-Tuesday night is the only reason he's on here. I mean I understand its your first game back, but do you really need to pop threes when the game is out of reach? Jerkface!
-Guy looks like a raptor, (seriously just look at him)
-I know this Guy is the slam dunk champion and all but he's a top tier a hole. Their first visit to the att center this guy had a couple of good dunks, but everytime he would pass( and I mean pass not even run in to) a photographer. He would stare them down as if they weren't suppose to be there. Those photographer's take pictures for all your fans! What a d bag!
-Number one cry baby on here.
-What can I say? He's too good, that's why I hate him.
3.Lebron "no rings" James
-Yes he's good but I hate him for the one simple reason. No rings, all that talent gone to waste if he doesn't win a ring.
2. Kendrick Perkins
-This Guy makes Oscar the grouch look like Santa. I can't help but laugh when I see play. He's the M.A.P this year. Most angry player.
-Aside from his bothersome head. He's always talking smack about the spurs(4 rings) plus he plays for the Mavs(1 ring). If the Mavs winning percentage were as high as his socks they'd be in good shape!
This dude is a freaking cry baby. He's moving up my list for players I hate the most. Number 1 is Jason Terry of course. The shape of his head just rubs me the wrong way.