VIDEO: Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant show off why they make such a dynamic duo in Oklahoma City
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Trying to figure out ways to slow down Kevin Durant is enough to give a coaching staff the night sweats. Devising a scheme to corral his partner in hoops crime, Russell Westbrook, only makes things worse for the opposition and such a treat for the rest of us.
It’s not often you find two true MVP-caliber players coming of their own at the same time on the same team, and all right before our very eyes. But we get to see it every time the Oklahoma City Thunder’s dynamic duo hit the floor. That’s one of the many reasons they both have spots on the KIA Race to the MVP Ladder this week.
Durant’s MVP credentials have never been an issue. Westbrook, on the other hand, had some convincing to do … until that knee injury during the 2013 playoffs sidelined him and the Thunder’s championship hopes went up in smoke. That made it clear to anyone open-minded enough to reconsider their previous analysis of Westbrook’s game.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks didn’t need a refresher. He knows exactly what he has in his two young superstars and he says they both make the MVP grade.
“I think Russell impacts the game on both ends of the floor and in order to be a MVP candidate you have to do that,” Brooks said. “You have to be a two-way player to be a part of that conversation. I don’t think you can just be a scorer and expect to be considered the top player in the league. Russell does it with his activity on the basketball and his steals, Kevin does it with his ability to block shots and his rebounding. But they both defend and they are terrific players offensively.”
Durant maintains his No. 1 spot on the Ladder for a second straight week, followed by Paul George, LeBron James, Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge to round out the top five. Westbrook joins the list by grabbing the 1oth and final spot.
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