The New York Islanders are Overachieving in 2018-2019
The New York Islanders are overachieving in the 2018-2019 season. Why's this the case?
If the season was to end, everybody already had their minds on who should be named NBA MVP. The top two leading vote getters are LeBron James and James Harden. But who is #3? With the numbers he is putting up this year, Russell Westbrook is having another MVP-caliber like season that is getting overlooked. Despite his Thunder on the verge of clinching the 7th seed, on a super duper tight Western Conference playoff race, “Brodie” has been playing like a mad man on the floor. Leading the league in trouble doubles this season, Westbrook is on the verge to make history and while not being entertained with the thought of being rewarded with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. It goes to show you how highly competitive and thrilling this NBA regular season has been.
Last year, the OKC Thunder point guard made history by becoming the 2nd player in league history to average an triple double. 31.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 10.4 assists a night en route to clinching the #3 seed for the Thunder and becoming the 2017 NBA MVP. Fast forward to now, it seems like Russell picked up where he left off at. But this time around, he was able to receive some major help from the likes of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining the Thunder squad. The new “big 3” struggled in the beginning but as the season progressed, they began to find their flow. Who led the charge to finding their niche? It was no other than#0 leading the way in providing the necessary things to build up another playoff run: heart, confidence and a repertoire that puts fear into teams.
Westbrook motto to him achieving an statistical success is simple. “If you don't want it, I'm gonna get it”, said the former UCLA Bruin who doesn't feed off of the hunger to fill up the stat sheet. Russell's drive comes towards doing any and everything he can to get a win for his squad. His intensity, aggressiveness and passion of the game has made him an fan favorite amongst the OKC Thunder fandom and all over the league.
As the Thunder faces the Memphis Grizzlies in the final game of their regular season, Westbrook just needs 16 rebounds to average a triple-double for the 2nd time in his future Hall Of Famer career. As horrible and disappointing of a season Memphis is having, Westbrook has the potential to etch in another significant moment in his legacy as a all time great. As much as he leaves it all on the floor, it saddens people how this year, he is overlooked in the MVP race. But no worries fans, Westbrook bounds to put up an MVP like performance come playoff time. Don't be surprised if OKC upsets the struggling Warriors squad who is heading into the playoffs dropping 7 out of their last 10 playoff games. Talk about capping off the greatest season of an potential 3rd place finisher of an MVP race in any American sport history. You have to give credit when credit is due.