Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant missed virtually the entire 2014-15 season due to a Jones Fracture in his foot, curtailing his defense of the NBA’s MVP award he captured in 2013-14. In Durant’s absence, teammate Russell Westbrook emerged as not only an MVP candidate, but as one of the best point guards and players in the league.
Durant, who was not shy this summer about referring to himself as the best player in the world, somewhat recanted on that statement after OKC dropped a home-game to the Toronto Raptors 103-98 on Wednesday night, calling Westbrook the Thunder’s “best player.”
It’s KD. He’s humble. And Westbrook has been crazy good. But it was interesting Durant called RW “our best player” pic.twitter.com/3hw8xtihyi
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 5, 2015
Durant’s comments conflict with his boasts from earlier this summer, so how you interpret his comments regarding Westbrook is up to you. It’s possible that Durant was calling Westbrook the best Thunder player in last night’s game, which would be a factual assessment as Russ put up 22 points, 16 assists and five rebounds, placing himself in a recent class of his own.
Westbrook had 22 pts/16 asts last night, his 3rd game with at least 20/15 since last season. Only CP3 has more (4). pic.twitter.com/BWT32Jw2Xs
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) November 5, 2015
Westbrook went berserk last season, notching triple-doubles on a nightly basis as if it was nothing. He made the Thunder must-see TV, and he single-handily almost got them into the postseason despite the rash of injuries OKC suffered, but he’s not better than Mr. Easy Money Sniper.
Durant’s modesty is admirable, but he’s still the head-honcho in “Loud City.” He put up 27 points, seven rebounds and 4 assists against the Raptors, proving again that if he’s not the best player in the game, he’s undoubtedly top-three.