Earlier today, the NBA finally announced the All-NBA teams. Headlining the squads were of course LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
One player who did not make any of the teams, however, was Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, Russell Westbrook. The explosive and entertaining point guard had been a staple on the All-NBA Second Team, which he had made each of past three seasons.
This year, however, he was left off the list. Finishing with 32 points in the voting process–which awards five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote–Westbrook was well short of making even the third team. Goran Dragic and Damian Lillard were the guards selected for that team, and they each finished with 115 points.
Almost immediately after the teams were announced, Westbrook took to Twitter to voice his frustration. His tweet has already been deleted, but Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman was smart enough to grab a screenshot.
Russell Westbrook laughs at your All-NBA Team selections – pic.twitter.com/m5o0tychbF
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) June 4, 2014
Westbrook is one of the most talented players in the league, and in a normal year he would be a lock for an All-NBA team selection. This year, however, he simply missed too many games. Due to various issues with his knee that had to be surgically repaired, Westbrook played in only 46 games during the regular season.
When he did play, he was as awesome as ever, but missing 36 games is just too many to be included on an All-NBA team.