Russell Westbrook and James Harden will face-off tonight in the game of the year for NBA stat lovers and beat writers. Once teammates that reached the NBA Finals with the Thunder, both have been given carte blanche with their respective franchises, and are putting up eye popping numbers so far in the young NBA season.
If you want to win a daily fantasy tournament, there aren’t two better players in the NBA than Harden and Westbrook. Both are averaging close to a triple-double on the season. Harden is 30.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 12.6 assists. Westbrook is averaging 34.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.9 assists.
Today in The Herd, Colin called the matchup “Slobberfest 2016″ for the stat obsessed crowd and beat writers that value numbers over winning basketball. He thinks massive stat lines are great, but the Rockets are 6-4, the Thunder are 6-5, and both Harden and Westbrook are averaging an atrocious 5 turnovers per game.
Even though NBA beat writers are in love with both players, Colin isn’t impressed with video game stats. He’s more impressed with wins and titles. The biggest problem he has with both players is that neither is going to win anything. Ever.
“Westbrook and Harden are championship deterrents, not championship ingredients. Sort of a difference.”
Colin warns that Twitter will be ablaze with slobbering beat writers who will be drooling on their keyboards in this epic battle of stat sheet stuffers. If you value opinions about winning basketball, stay away from the bird tonight.
“Stay off Twitter tonight. A dangerous place for common sense. A dangerous place for those that like defense, and physicality, and winning titles, and availability and toughness, and not flash.”
Slobberfest 2016 is tonight. It will be heaven for stat junkies and NBA beat writers, and hell for anyone that likes winning basketball.