Russell Westbrook is a supernova, streaking through the sky with such speed and violence that he should be in a star category all by himself. Without Kevin Durant to share the ball with, Westbrook has gone into full God mode to begin this 2016-2017 NBA season, averaging nearly a triple-double with 31.8 points, 9.8 assists and 9.5 rebounds per game. He's thrown down the same earth shattering dunks he's become known for, blocked the soul out of his former teammate Durant and added a new wrinkle to his game that you wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it.
Last night in a 105-103 win over the Houston Rockets, Westbrook brought the ball across mid-court, then darted into the lane. He was a step ahead of his initial defender, Trevor Ariza, so Nenê made an effort to cover for his teammate and step in front of him. Westbrook, having scoped out Nenê's plan with his eagle eyes, simple dribbled the ball directly through Nenê's legs and continued his path of destruction to the hoop, where he finished with a layup.
It all happened so fast that if you weren't looking for Westbrook's And-1-esque dribbling showcase, you probably missed it. The television broadcast made no mention of it, and even Westbrook himself didn't seem too hyped up about it. And maybe that's the most terrifying thing of all. Westbrook is busting out new moves like they're second nature, and we're only a few weeks into the season. Pray for his future opponents.
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