Many peg Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as the best duo in the NBA right now. Including me. So why should they split up? Because they have flourished in each other’s absence. Last year, without Westbrook, Durant went on a historic streak of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points or more. Consequently, it won him his first MVP and one of the most emotional acceptance speeches in NBA or maybe even sports history. Westbrook, on the other hand, has 6 triple doubles in 8 games (and counting). He has 4 consecutive triple doubles and has climbed to the top and leads the league in scoring. With his recent triple double streak, he has jumped to the top of the MVP race in most people’s list.
Both of these players are superstars in their own right and can be a franchise cornerstone on any team. The NBA’s superstars are not evenly distributed. If we split and put Westbrook or Durant on a different, and lower team, then competition in the NBA would be fiercer. The MVP race would be tighter because they would be on different teams. However, it would also stop turn OKC from a championship contender to just a playoff contender.
-Brian Nguyen LRHS