Russell Westbrook over Steve Nash in the All-Star Game? Really, Western Conference Coaches? Sure, the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-17) have a better record than the Phoenix Suns (23-24) but Nash's numbers are better overall and he's meant far more to his team. And fellas, how about showing a little respect for the older guy?
Westbrook joins Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Deron Williams, Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol as the seven reserves voted on to the 2011 NBA All-Star team. While Charles Barkley is losing his lunch on TNT talking about how Kevin Love being left off was the biggest travesty of all time, the real shame isn't snubbing the second-year double-double machine who plays on bad team at a fast pace. The real travesty is picking third-year Westbrook over Nash.
Nash is averaging 16.8 points, 11.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He's shooting a ridiculous 52.6 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from three.
Westbrook is averaging an impressive 22.4 points per game playing next to Kevin Durant who sucks up all the opponent's defensive attention and he's only 43.4 percent from the field and a horrible 24 percent from three. Westbrook adds 8.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds to his line.
I congratulated the coaches for ignoring the shiny new toy in Minnesota (Love) but why couldn't they do the same for Westbrook?
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