One (calendar) month down for the Thunder. And it’s been a weird one.
They sit at 12-6 after a month of oddly inconsistent basketball. They’re 4-0 on the second night of back-to-backs, have beat teams like Utah, Portland (twice) and Boston, but lost to the Clippers and Rockets. While some aren’t thrilled with the way the team is playing, I don’t think anyone is upset with the current results.
But we’ve got 18 games in the book and a month down. So let’s review, shall we? We shall.
No doubt, it’s Russell Westbrook. He’s completely taken charge of the team and without his efforts, who knows where we’d be right now. Statistically, he’s outplaying LeBron right now. The thing that’s taken Westbrook to another level is his development of a consistent mid-range jumper plus his incredibly improved ability to finish at the rim. Even last season where Westbrook started to break out, he’d do everything but finish. This season, if he can get to the rim, it’s almost a done deal that he’s finishing the play.
Kevin Durant is still the team’s most talented player and a lot of Westbrook’s open lanes are helped from defenses leaning KD’s way. But after one month, Russ has definitely been OKC’s best player. Keep Reading…