Are the OKC Thunder and KD better off w/o Westbrook?

Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) 6 months, 2 days ago

Poll: Are the OKC Thunder and KD better off w/o Westbrook? (10 votes)

Yes, KD's scoring efficiency is at its highest w/o Westbrook. 10%
No, Westbrook makes the Thunder a better team with his speed and determination. 50%
Yes, Westbrook plays a little loose at times and doesn't get the ball to Durant. 10%
No, Westbrook takes pressure off KD, being the only other player able to "get his own shot." 20%
Who cares? I hate the Thunder. I got my team and could care less about their roster. 10%
Who cares? I generally dislike the NBA or basketball. 0%

Hello sports' world. I'm a huge Thunder fan being as I grew up here and they were Oklahoma's first professional sports' team. They have came a long way in a short time IMO but there is always been some outside speculation that Kd and the Thunder could be better off without Westbrook. Kevin Durant (KD) has had some insane statistics as of late is an easy front runner for MVP.I'm actually for Westbrook staying. There is no denying he an elite point guard and his ability to create is own shot and put pressure on the defense is almost unmatched.

The pressure of winning an NBA championship is intense and failure to do so will bring speculation into theory and so on. So if they can't close the door on one do they consider trading Westbrook or possibly others? So what will it be?

#1 Posted by Cynical_Buzzard (224 posts) -

I think Westbrook helps the Thunder definitely since he seems to be maturing.

#2 Posted by RevanBITW (536 posts) -

With Westbrook they made it to the Finals, without him they lost to the Grizzlies. Why is this even a discussion???

#3 Posted by yokofox33 (29187 posts) -

I think they are definitely better with Westbrook, but let's say it's Heat and Thunder in Finals. The Heat seem to own OKC with Westbrook in the lineup. Heat got blown out when Westbrook was injured earlier this year. He comes back and OKC gets blown out.

This is just against one team though and my own personal observation.

#4 Edited by RevanBITW (536 posts) -

I think they are definitely better with Westbrook, but let's say it's Heat and Thunder in Finals. The Heat seem to own OKC with Westbrook in the lineup. Heat got blown out when Westbrook was injured earlier this year. He comes back and OKC gets blown out.

This is just against one team though and my own personal observation.

No player comes back from an injury game 1 at 100%, and Durant didn't play well either.

#5 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (570 posts) -

not even close

#6 Edited by Braun_Roid_Rage (716 posts) -

Damn, what a dumb ass question. Hell no brah.

#7 Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

Damn, what a dumb ass question. Hell no brah.

I know it's dumb but it's surprisingly a huge local debate.

#8 Edited by Blackhorn7 (6 posts) -

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BUT DENNIS RODMAN "IS" #2 REBOUNDER of ALL TIME.

#9 Edited by jsmoke03 (12600 posts) -

westbrook isnt really a true point. once people realize this, then there would be no big deal. not every team can have chris paul/jason kidd type of pg

#10 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1743 posts) -

That team is going places, but if Westbrook leaves they won't go anywhere. They're so young, breaking them up now would be stupid.

#11 Edited by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

What did everyone think about that beat down that Chris Paul (mostly) and the Clippers put on the Thunder? :/

#12 Posted by kenoalief (2 posts) -

I think the appropriate question is; is Westbrook better off without the Thunder?

Westbrooks needs his own team, and soon. Make him the number one option on a decent team and look out league.

He makes some bonehead plays sometimes but I think it's pretty obvious Thunder needs him, not the other way around.

#13 Posted by CWEBB04z (4550 posts) -

This reminds me of White chocolate and Webber duo back in the late 90's early 00's. Would the Thunder improve if they traded Westbrook for a PG that is more stable? Westbrook is obviously incredibly talented.. much like Williams when he was with the Kings but Westbrook is a much better player. Westbrook turns the ball over.. a lot. and his shot selection is terrible. Williams was the same way with the Kings.

If im the Thunder, I would look to see what I could get for Westbrook, I would want more stability and build the team around Durant.And I would build up that horrible bench. Reggie Jackson with the second unit would be a good start and replace him with a defensive minded guard in the starting lineup.

#14 Edited by -Blasphemy- (2929 posts) -

durant fucked up big time in game 6 with all those damn turnovers. westbrook saved their ass in game 4. dont understand the logic of building a team around westbrook when he already has a great team. to say westbrook does not need the thunder is dumb imo noone has every won an nba championship by themselves.

#15 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1743 posts) -

I've changed my mind. Westbrook isn't helping Durant be the super star he should be. He always has to be up there with Durant so it doesn't help the team.