May 31, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) warms up prior to action against the San Antonio Spurs in game six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook laughs at All-NBA teams


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.

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.


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  • Aaron Pi

    Westbrook is a talented player who just makes so many boneheaded plays that he doesn’t deserve to receive the honor of being on any of the all-nba teams.

    • thomas rickard

      Harden is a joke, the only reason he made it is kobe didn’t play, at least Westbrook’s team made it past the first round, Westbrook is someone to build a team around.

      • Aaron Pi

        I don’t like Harden either, and he definitely doesn’t deserve first team honors. The votes were good for the most part, but they messed up with Harden and Love mainly. Aldridge should be above Love, and Harden shouldn’t be that high up for sure. Curry deserved it over Harden.

    • Joseph Apohen

      All his upside more than make up for those bonehead plays. He is the most athletic and talented guard in the NB A. He averaged almost a triple double in the playoff. Dragic and Lillard are good but Westbrook is far superior. And he took CP3 and Parker apart in the playoffs.

  • thomas rickard

    The nba has changed, the roles have blurred so much that the 2,3, and many 4s are interchangeable, many teams, including the heat, don’t even have a center, maybe a new format needs to be figured out so that the best all-nba team is picked, they’ve already tweaked the all star voting, let’s keep tweaking

  • EagleBuzz

    Goran & Damian who? Are you kidding me right now? Westbrook is absolutely someone to build a team around, as noted by TR. Maybe I missed it, but is there some minimum GP requirement for the All-NBA teams? Check out his playoff stats – top 5 in 6 of 8 (all but REB & DEF). He deserves to LOL – unbelievable…..

    • yeeyee

      playoff stats aren’t included in the voting. and there should be a minimum amount of games.

  • Thunderfan7984

    So Kobe makes an all-star team without even stepping on the floor and Westbrook gets snubbed bc not enough games played. Smh…