Oscar Robertson Says That Russell Westbrook Ought to Have Received MVP
When Russell Westbrook gained the NBA MVP award again in 2016-17, two main dynamics have been in play. The primary motive was as a result of Russ made historical past by averaging a triple-double for the primary time in many years. This arrange the proper loyalty storyline within the media when Westbrook carried the Thunder to the No. 6 seed within the Western Convention after Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors.
Westbrook’s triple double averages have now spanned over a number of seasons. With that, the Godfather of the triple double himself, Oscar Robertson believes the nine-time All-Star and his feats are being taken with no consideration.
Robertson mentioned his views on how he believes the media and followers have seemingly ignore Westbrook’s statistical accomplishments on the “Knuckleheads” podcast.
“I have a look at Westbrook, and he obtained triple-doubles this yr, and nobody even seen it,” Robertson stated. “They didn’t assume it was such a giant deal. … I feel that’s completely unfair. I feel he ought to have gained [MVP] once more. If he [averaged] a triple-double once more, and he didn’t win [MVP], so then why maintain stats then?”
Earlier than being traded to the Lakers this offseason, Westbrook averaged 22.2 factors, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per sport for the Wizards, passing Robertson because the NBA’s all-time chief in triple doubles.