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February sports player of the month: Russell Westbrook

Published Mar. 3, 2015

BY ARYAN PATIDAR

King High School

Russell Westbrook, NBA

Point guard

Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook continues to electrify the league with dynamic shooting and energetic athleticism. In the random absences of star Kevin Durant, Westbrook has upped his level of play, often breaking the 40-point mark, and providing safe refuge for fantasy owners everywhere.

In February alone, Westbrook lead the NBA with almost 32 points a game, higher than scoring king James Harden's 29. Westbrook is also making an impact on the defensive end, racking up around eight rebounds a game, good for the top 30 in the league. And that's not all — the point guard is dishing out nine rebounds a game (top five in the NBA), displaying his insane offensive efficiency.

In addition, Westbrook's superstar production was not daunted by February's All-Star Break — he continued to dominate the court on both sides of the ball. His superiority has energized the Thunder, thrusting them back into postseason contention while reinventing the losses-are-rare mentality that has propelled the team in recent years. Russell Westbrook's stat elevation—a point increase of almost 10 per game—from January to February has earned him the distinction of February's Sports Player of the Month.