Russell Westbrook is the best second-best player in the NBA.
The Thunder point guard is a top-10 player, but because of Kevin Durant, Westbrook isn’t even the best player on his own team.
Would Westbrook consider following James Harden’s lead and leaving Oklahoma City for a team where he’s the clear No. 1 option?
Westbrook on The Dan Patrick show:
Not at all. I love winning. Kevin is one of the best players in the world, man, and I love the position I’m in now.
This is refreshing amount of self-awareness by Westbrook.
Of course, it helps Durant is comfortable deferring to Westbrook. When Westbrook really wants to take over games, he can. Westbrook also knows Durant appreciates him on a personal level.
This is a pairing that works, and surely, that will impact Durant’s 2016 free agent decision. That doesn’t mean Durant will re-sign with the Thunder, but it should push the needle in their direction.