Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook capped off a crazy regular season with 37 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, earning himself his first scoring title. Westbrook finished the year with 28.1 points per game, while fellow MVP candidate James Harden finished in second at 27.4 points per game.
However, Westbrook’s scoring barrage and superhuman efforts throughout the season after returning from a hand injury went for naught, as the Thunder missed the postseason. And because the Thunder missed the playoffs, Westbrook wasn’t too thrilled with his individual accomplishment:
Russell Westbrook's full quote on what the scoring title means to him: pic.twitter.com/aiHOragF2h
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 16, 2015
It’s no surprise that Westbrook feels this way, because he’s one of the fiercest competitors in the NBA today. The guy goes at 100 miles per hour all the time, and he put the Thunder on his back with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka out for the season. Westbrook isn’t the most efficient player and can be prone to taking bad shots, but that shouldn’t take away from his historic campaign, even if it didn’t result in a postseason berth.
Not only did Westbrook put up 28.1 points per game on the year, but he also averaged 8.6 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals. The only player to ever match those averages in points, assists and rebounds is Oscar Robertson, per Basketball-Reference.com. Even if Westbrook doesn’t care, that’s quite the feat.