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- All-NBA discussion
- NBA Draft Lottery Breakdown
- Celtics trades
- Thunder offseason talk
- OKC draft prospects
- And much more!
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Russell Westbrook was named to the All-NBA first team for the second consecutive season. Westbrook shares first team honors with James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. He received all but one first team vote, trailing the only unanimous choice — Harden.
Westbrook’s newborn son is already generating collegiate interest. “Russell Westbrook’s son, Noah Russell Westbrook, is only three days old and he already received his first college scholarship offer. Well, sort of. Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals quote tweeted the elder Westbrook’s tweet from earlier this week with the caption, ‘Offer.'”
For the second consecutive season, Russell Westbrook has been named to the All-NBA first team. The news comes as no surprise, as he averaged 31.6 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 10.4 APG and led the Thunder to 47 wins and the Western Conference’s sixth seed. He received 99 out of 100 possible first team votes.
Here is how the voting broke down for all three teams:
All-NBA teams will be announced tonight. NewsOK examines three franchise players paying close attention. “Russell Westbrook isn’t the only player who’ll benefit from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Designated Veteran Player Exception. Whether or not Westbrook is announced as an All-NBA First Team selection Thursday night, he’s already qualified to receive the DPE (a five-year extension from the Thunder valued at an estimated $219 million) once free agency opens in early July. He was a First-Teamer last season.”
Fred Katz on the future of Enes Kanter: “The possibility of trading Kanter has been one of the most often discussed local topics since he signed a four-year, $70 million contract during the summer of 2015. But the market for centers has been stagnant, and this postseason probably didn’t help that. Check out adjustments from most any playoff series this spring, and almost all have the same theme: Go small. That’s the opposite of Kanter’s game. And he’s also far from the only attainable center.”
Russell Westbrook became a father yesterday. “Noah Russell Westbrook, who reportedly gathered a triple-double shortly after his birth, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was measured at 20 inches long.”
Brett Dawson on the possibility of Russell Westbrook getting even better: “But in an NBA, where MVP candidates LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard take on significant defensive responsibility in addition to their offensive duties, it would benefit the Thunder for Westbrook to be more of a stopper at the point. That could be even more urgent a need if the Thunder wants to surround Westbrook with more weapons offensively. If Westbrook is to play more minutes with shooters Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott on the floor, as general manager Sam Presti suggested last month, he’d need to be more of a defensive factor to offset Abrines and McDermott’s shortcomings there.”
Quick bit of good news for your Tuesday afternoon — Russell Westbrook and wife Nina have officially welcomed their son, Noah Russell Westbrook, into the world. The Brodie himself made the announcement via Instagram.
USA Today has OKC taking SG/SF Terrance Ferguson at 21 in their latest mock draft: “Ferguson brings to mind Terrence Ross in that he could win a dunk contest or 3-point contest but has major holes in his game otherwise. Which contest would he try first? ‘That’s tough,’ he said at the combine. ‘I feel like I can with both. That’s how my head is right now. I feel like I can win both. But, I’m going to take the three-point contest first.”’