There might be some questiona bout whether Russell Westbrook is the NBA's MVP this season, but he surely is the most valuable fantasy performer.
Westbrook dropped an astounding 58 points in a 126-121 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
Yes, Oklahoma City lost a game in which its MVP candidate dropped a career-high 58 points. That total represents the most for an NBA player on the losing end of a scoreboard since Michael Jordan all the way back in 1987, some 30 years ago.
Westbrook shot 21-of-39 from the field and 13-of-16 from the free-throw line in the five-point loss. He also added nine assists, three rebounds and three steals in the losing effort.
It's just the latest in a string of absurd statistical performances from Westbrook. It's the fifth time in six games that Russ has dropped 40-plus. During that span, the All-Star is averaging 44.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game.
While it's not translating to wins for the Thunder (2-4 in this six-game span), it surely is helping those who have bought stock in Westbrook in the fake basketball world.
As Russ continues to grow frustrated over the lack of team-wide success, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him continue to taking on a larger scoring role. Tossing up 39 shots in one game is a prime example of this. That will likely lead to continued fantasy dominating from the MVP candidate.