Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play different positions, yes. And if Durant started getting 12 assists a game OKC head coach Scott Brooks would probably sit him down and tell him to shoot more. But Russell Westbrook’s massive stat explosion during KD’s recent absence brings the extraordinary versatility of his game into great focus. As ESPN Stats tweeted, “With his triple-double last night, Russell Westbrook now has 6 in his last 8 games. Kevin Durant has 6 career triple-doubles.”
Westbrook’s eight turnovers almost made it a quadruple-double, something neither Durant nor Westbrook have recorded. The Thunder beat the Timberwolves, 114-99. By the way, OKC leads the Western Conference in rebounds per game. Wouldn’t have guessed that, right? If they can sneak into the playoffs with a healthy Durant, Westbrook can do less while the Thunder do more. They’re just 6-4 in their last ten games, despite Westbrook’s world-beating stats.