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Russell Westbrook Props: Can He Reach New Heights in 2016-17?

Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

Many people thought the two-headed monster that roamed the hardwood in Oklahoma City wasn’t built to last, and this summer’s departure of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors likely sealed the fate on an NBA dynasty that never was.

But don’t forget about Russell Westbrook. The dynamic point guard, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, is the lone star left to terrorize foes in OKC. One online sportsbook is offering odds on Westbrook’s performance in the upcoming 2016-17 NBA campaign.

5Dimes has Westbrook’s chances of winning the NBA scoring title at +150, with his odds of missing out on the hardware priced at -190. A top five player in the league, Westbrook has averaged 21.5 points, 7.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from long range since entering the league in 2008.

Perennially criticized as a ball hog, Westbrook could have an all-time season without Durant around on offense. Even with Durant in the fold, Westbrook already boasted one of the highest usage rates in the Association at 33.1 percent last year. That number jumped to a ridiculous 39.0 with the Slim Reaper off the floor. If he can maintain that rate for an entire season, it would give him the largest usage rate of all-time, surpassing Kobe Bryant’s bloated mark of 38.7 percent in 2005-06.

Whether or not the UCLA product wants to remain in Oklahoma has been a hot topic, however. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly emerged as the likeliest landing spots for the guard. Since Westbrook will get to choose his own team next summer, and with the Thunder’s days as a Western Conference power looking bleak, a trade deadline deal could very likely happen.

The book has Westbrook’s odds of getting dealt in the regular season at -130, with the chances of him staying put at -110.

Will Russell Westbrook win the NBA scoring title in the 2016-17 season?
  • YES +150
  • NO -190
Will Russell Westbrook get traded during the 2016-17 NBA season?
  • YES -130
  • NO -110

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