Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The 2014-15 Oklahoma City Thunder began season without last year’s league Most Valuable Player. Kevin Durant suffered a stress fracture to his foot in training camp. The Superstar missed the first seventeen games of the 2014-15 season. The vibrant fans in “TORNADO ALLEY” thought the season was going to be a nightmare. Russell Westbrook has something to say about throwing in the towel for the season.
This Sports Handicapper believes the 26-year-old Westbrook is the toughest player in the league physically and recently has shown management he is maturing off the court as well. The 6’3″ Point Guard from UCLA was also voted the 2015 NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player, scoring 41 points and twenty-seven in the first half. Westbrook is keeping Oklahoma City in the playoff race with sheer grit and determination. Head Coach Scott Brooks has let the seven-year pro play his game, and it’s going a long way to what he is doing now. Westbrook is the team leader in scoring with 27 points per contest. He also leads in steals and assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 34-27 on 2015 NBA Expert Betting Picks as of March 5th and are 7 games behind Northwest Division-leading Portland. Westbrook suffered a scary injury to his face and was in the lineup two day’s later wearing a protective mask. In today’s environment where players think they are pre madonnas it is a welcome site to see Westbrook playing through pain.
The Thunder roster is different than it was at the start of the season. General Manager Sam Presti wants to bring a Championship to the Sooner State and will do whatever it takes. While Former Thunder player James Harden and Golden State Guard Stephen Curry are the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 league MVP. Westbrook is putting his name on the ballot and raising a lot of eyebrows. Westbrook recorded his fourth consecutive triple-double on March 4th, 2015 in an overtime win over Philadelphia. The performance was the best since legendary Michael Jordan had four consecutive in 1989. Future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant believes Westbrook is a player that takes no prisoners and is an assassin on the court. Curry, Harden, and LeBron James are the three favorite to win the prestigious award. Westbrook is right on their heels at 7 to 1.
Free Picks: Charliessports.com projects Russell Westbrook at 7/1 as a great bet to win the 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.