2. Russell Westbrook – 2016 All-Star MVP
During the 2015-16 season, Russell Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game, which culminated in his fifth All-Star selection. Obviously Westbrook wasn’t a member of the Houston Rockets at the time, but this list is composed of current and former Rockets players, so Russ has to be included.
Many have long wanted to see Russ in the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend, but we’ve not been able to see that yet, and we likely never will. Russ is such a high-flyer that it would truly be a treat to see him put on a show in the dunk contest, but I digress.
During the 2016 All-Star game, Russ simply balled out, as he had 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals, which were all team-highs. The Brodie also nailed seven 3-pointers, which tied Houston Rockets guard James Harden for a team-high as well. This was probably one of the more intriguing feats about his stat-line, as he shot 41 percent from deep, although long-range shooting isn’t necessarily his strength.
Russ received the least amount of playing time out of all the starters but went on to receive the MVP, as he carried the Western Conference to a blowout victory over the Eastern Conference All-Stars, as the final score was 196-173.
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