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The 2015 Fantasy Basketball MVP

Russell Westbrook WallpaperThe numbers Russell Westbrook has been able to pile up this season has made him the most unstoppable performer in fantasy basketball this season.

Anytime he has been in the lineup, the results have been devastating. 

Over his last six appearances, the 6-foot-3 guard has posted five triple-doubles while averaging 36.8 points, 11 assists, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

For the year, the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft has registered seven triple-doubles, James Harden, Michael Carter-Williams and Rajon Rondo are all tied for the second most triple-doubles with three.

Aside from a broken hand that kept Westbrook sidelined for 14 games early in the season, there has been no defense for him.

Westbrook is leading the league in scoring at 27.4 points per game, he is just behind Stephen Curry for the league lead in steals at 2.1 per game and his 8.1 assists per night rank as the fourth highest in the league.

When Russell Westbrook is on the court, he generates 48.5 percent of the assists for the Thunder, the highest percentage in the league.
Oklahoma City has posted a record of 30-18 with Russell Westbrook in the lineup this season.

He has found a multitude of ways to dominate throughout the season.

Against Curry and the Warriors in mid January, Westbrook became the just the fifth player in the last 30 years to record a 15-15-15 game as he led Oklahoma City to a victory with 17 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds, joining Rondo, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Jason Kidd.

Sunday, Westbrook rallied the Thunder to a critical victory over Toronto by matching a career-high with 17 assists, the second time in seven games he was able to accomplish the total.

Dishing the ball has been perhaps the biggest area of improvement for the four-time All-Star this season.

Not only is he averaging a career-high 8.3 assists per game, he leads the league in assist rate at 48.5 percent.

The metric measures the amount of assists generated by a single player while he is on the court, meaning when Westbrook is playing, he dishes out nearly half of the assists the Thunder has totaled.

No player has been leaned on more heavily than Westbrook this season, as his usage rage it a league-best 38.5 percent, in league history only Michael Jordan in 1986-87 with a usage rate of 38.3 percent and Kobe Bryant in 2005-06 with a usage rate of 38.7 has a team expected a single player to make so many plays.

With Kevin Durant sidelined for an extended period of time, Westbrook has dominated the Oklahoma City offense, launching 21.4 shots a game, more than any other player in the league this season.

The lofty shot total has frequently produced a high scoring total, as the former UCLA star has scored 20 or more points in 79.1 percent of his appearances this year.

During an overtime victory over Philadelphia, he poured in a career-high 49 points by essentially becoming a one-man fast break every time he touched the ball.

A consistent 3-point shot has proven to be elusive for him this year, as he is converting 28.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc, but his ability to get to the rim has yielded points.

Each night, Westbrook attacks the rim 9.6 times per game, leading to 7.5 points each night. The rest of the Thunder roster is averaging just 3.9 points per game off drives to the basket.

The speed and athleticism has always been incorporated in Westbrook’s game, one of the overlooked aspects of improvement for him has been his ability to get to the free throw line.

Throughout his career, Westbrook has been able to capitalize at the foul line, converting 81.8 percent of his attempts, but this season, he has drawn enough fouls to garner 9.4 free throw attempts per game, easily the highest of his career and nearly three more per game than he has averaged during his seven-year career.

Russell Westbrook has the ball in his hands for an average of 7.4 minutes each night.
Russell Westbrook has the ball in his hands for an average of 7.4 minutes each night.

Over a three game stretch last month, Westbrook converted 38 consecutive free throws, the second most foul shots without a miss in league history over a trio of contests.

Scoring, assists and elite perimeter defense aren’t the only areas where Westbrook has been able to monopolize in fantasy basketball.

The 26-year-old is the only back court player averaging over two offensive rebounds or five defensive rebounds per game.

The 5.1 defensive rebounds he is posting each night is just .7 fewer than the second highest rebound total from any other guard in the league this year.

The 7.1 rebounds mark another career-high for Westbrook.

Three knee surgeries last season haven’t been able to slow him down, a broken left hand earlier this year only led to 32 points in his first game back and an errant knee from a teammate that caused a facial fracture paved the way to a career-high three nights later.

At one point, after playing in every regular and post season game during his first five seasons, Westbrook appeared to be indestructible.

After a few injuries, he has only come back stronger, and his opponents have suffered.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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