Russell Westbrook will lead the Oklahoma City Thunder into the post-Kevin Durant era, and a lot is expected of the point guard. He was already one of best point guards in the league last season as he led the NBA in triple-doubles.
The new-look Thunder met the media yesterday ahead of training camp as the new season inches closer, and center Enes Kanter threw some shade at Durant by insisting Westbrook was the leader of the team last season.
Throughout their time together at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, there was always a battle for power taking place between the two All-Stars, but their European center insisted it was the guard, not the Golden State Warriors man, who led the team.
Durant has been considered the better player of the two but his leadership skills have often been criticised. They were heavily scrutinised following the collapse in the Western Conference finals last season and he will be able to share the load in the Bay Area.
If the Thunder are to reach the playoffs, their success will lie with Westbrook, who is their only top-level star heading into the new campaign. How he will react to having free reign will be one of the most intriguing stories of the campaign.