2. Break the Top 10 in All-Time All-Star Game Points
Russell Westbrook has never been gun-shy when it comes to getting up shots in the All-Star Game. Through his eight appearances in the prestigious game, he’s averaged 23.5 points per game. That average is the fourth-most all-time and the third-most among players that have played in at least four All-Star games, behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
Added up all together, Russell has scored 188 total points in his appearances in the big game, tied with Dwyane Wade for 12th all-time and just ahead of Carmelo Anthony, who has 185. With Wade now retired and busy unfairly judging NBA Dunk Contests, Westbrook is sure to jump ahead of the future Hall of Famer on Sunday and certainly will leap ahead of Wilt Chamberlain as well, who’s sitting at 191 total points scored.
Chamberlain is currently 11th in all-time points in the game, meaning Westbrook has a chance to crack the top 10 this year if he surpasses Shaquille O’Neal, who’s sitting in the 10 spot. The Big Diesel has 202 points over his 12 appearances in the All-Star game, meaning Russ would need to score 14 points to tie him and 15 points to surpass him.
Given how easily Westbrook is getting to the basket this season against defenses that are actually trying, that number should be easy to reach on Sunday, where defense takes a holiday for the most part.
If Russell really wants to overdo it, he could try chasing Elgin Baylor‘s total of 218, which would mean he would need to score 30 points to tie and 31 to pass him up. If this were to happen on Sunday, the odds are he would have a good chance to accomplish a second history-making feat:
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