Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are making their case night-in and night-out for being one of the greatest duos in NBA history. The Thunder bros have now reached a new mark today when they both finished in the top five in MVP voting. It is the first time that both of them have finished in the top five in the same season, but not separately. Kevin Durant has become a staple player in the top five in the voting except for last year when he was injured. Westbrook filled in the KD role and had some votes that put him in contention for MVP last season.
This season Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists, and 7.8 rebounds a game. It was both the most assists and most rebounds that Russ has averaged in his career. He had 18 triple-doubles throughout the season and that was the most in a season since Magic Johnson. Westbrook may have only finished in fourth for the MVP voting but he sure did make a case for first.
Durant, on the other hand, averaged 28.2 points, 5.0 assists, and 8.2 rebounds. The 8.2 rebounds are the most that Durant has averaged in his career. He also became the first place since Michael Jordan to average 28+ points, 5+ assists, and 8+ rebounds. KD is one of six players to average 28+ points, 5+ assists, and 7+ rebounds in multiple season.
With these two Thunder players putting up such great numbers is is a head scratcher why they were not able to get more votes. Most likely, the voters were less likely to vote for them because they are on the same team together. Any player to put up the numbers that those two did on a team where they were the only superstar would be getting more votes.
Durant, Westbrook, and the Thunder continue their series against the Spurs tonight. It should be interesting in seeing if they take out some of the anger they have for not getting more votes on San Antonio.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2016