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For anyone who thought that the Oklahoma City Thunder were made up of Kevin Durant and a bunch of role players, it is time you learn the name of Russell Westbrook. That is, if you were somehow unfamiliar with him to this point.


Westbrook is in the midst of a breakout season for the Thunder, as he has helped lead them to a 12-6 record, including last night's impressive comeback win against the New Orleans Hornets. He scored 25 points and dropped 11 dimes on the Hornets, while also adding 5 rebounds and 5 steals. The Thunder defeated the Hornets 95-89.

Equally impressive is the way that Westbrook scores his points. He has become the catalyst for this offense, but he can just as easily take a game over at crucial times, as was evidenced in last night's huge home win. Westbrook scored 12 of his 25 points during a 14-0 run by the Thunder late in the final quarter to put the game away. He is quite simply taking over.

Westbrook has needed to step up his game at crunch time, due to the fact that Durant and Jeff Green have struggled to find their shot at times. Durant is still lights out from the free throw line, but he is just 14 of 40 from the field over his last two games. But this is a team without egos, which is more than many teams across the rest of league can boast. It doesn't matter who does what in the stat sheet. The only column that matters is the wins and losses. That is what makes this team so special.

As well as so dangerous.

Westbrook is in elite company right now, even though he fails to receive the credit and media hype such as other elite point guards enjoy. He is not Chris Paul. He is not Rajon Rondo. He is not Deron Williams. He is Russell Westbrook, and along with LeBron James, he is the only player in the NBA to currently average at least 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game.

Does that tell you something?

Through the first 18 games of the season, Westbrook is averaging 23.8 points per game, 8.6 assist per game and 5.1 rebounds. Yet to this day, many people across the league hardly know his name.

That couldn't be further from the case amongst Thunder fans, who know that Westbrook is deserving of an All-Star spot in this year's contest. It may only be the start of December, but this kid is the real deal. He should have been in the big game last year when Kobe Bryant was forced to miss the game due to injury, but he was snubbed in favor of Jason Kidd. That will not be the case this season. Westbrook is becoming a star in the making, and along with a future league MVP in Durant, and a strong supporting cast of Green, Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden and others, the rest of the world will soon find out what we already know in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder are here to make some noise.



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