Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) reacts to a call during game five of the Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA basketball playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Maybe that doesn't matter at the end of the day. But one other thing to consider is KD has to be exhausted already. He's had camps in Chicago, OKC and Austin, He's in China right now doing a Nike tour. And he worked out for a week or so in L.A. prior to all of that. Dude needs a break.
On whether Russell Westbrook could average 10 assists next season with James Harden starting at shooting guard:
No. The total is more likely to go down, actually. And perhaps it should. Harden is a better playmaker. If he does indeed start next season, he should have the ball in his hands a good amount to make things easy and cut out some of that foolish one-on-one stuff. Russ averaged 8.2 assists last year. With a full year of leeway and a green light to attack, I see that number going down. Besides, only three players averaged 10-plus assists last year: Nash, Rondo and D-Will. CP came 0.2 assists shy. That's a hard thing to do.