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Should Russell Westbrook have been an All-NBA selection?

by Erik Horne Published: June 4, 2014
Was Russell Westbrook worthy of All-NBA status this season? Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Was Russell Westbrook worthy of All-NBA status this season? Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Former OU All-American Blake Griffin and teammate Chris Paul joined some elite company on Wednesday.

The pair became the only teammates to be named All-NBA First or Second Team for the last three seasons. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made All-NBA three years in a row from 2011-2013, and were the only teammates to do so since 2004-05 until Paul and Griffin matched their feat on Wednesday. Paul has been All-NBA First Team for the past three seasons and Griffin has been a Second Team selection each year in that span.

The shortlist of teammates named All-NBA in the last nine seasons:

James Harden/Dwight Howard

Tim Duncan/ Tony Parker

Kobe Bryant/Andrew Bynum (Note: This is hilarious now, but Bynum was a load in 11-12 — the last season he played real basketball — averaging 18.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg and 1.9 bpg on 56 percent shooting)

LeBron James/Dwyane Wade

Steve Nash/Amar’e Stoudemire


Yao Ming/Tracy McGrady

Chauncey Billups/Rasheed Wallace


But was Thunder history unjustly denied? Should Westbrook have been an All-NBA selection? If not for Westbrook missing 36 games this season, he and Durant would have undoubtedly made it four years in a row as joint All-NBA picks. Following the release of the All-NBA selections, Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry brought up an interesting thought Wednesday on Twitter.

Was Westbrook penalized unfairly for games missed? The stats are pretty close for CP3 and Westbrook. The All-NBA teams are based on regular-season performance, and Paul did play 16 more games than Westbrook.

Just for giggles, here’s how Westbrook’s numbers compare to the guards on this season’s All-NBA Second and Third Teams. It was a deep year for guards, but Westbrook compares well to  his peers despite far fewer games played.

Stephen Curry is a no-brainer over Westbrook here, but there’s a case to be made against Tony Parker, Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic in head-to-head per game totals:

Westbrook vs. Parker (who made Second Team)

vs. Curry (Second Team)

vs. Lillard (Third Team)

vs. Dragic (Third Team)


Former Thunder big man Nazr Mohammed did not approve of Westbrook missing out:



And Westbrook apparently found the All-NBA selections funny (the tweet was promptly deleted):


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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