Russell Westbrook's 5-year, $205 million contract earned the Thunder the promise of a long-term star. Almost two years later, and many are questioning whether or not it was worth the cost.
In the past three seasons, Russ has failed to get the Thunder past the first-round. In fact, they got dominated by lesser opponents every time. The narrative in these cases is always the same: Russ' lack of efficiency and his refusal to stop shooting the ball is OKC's biggest obstacle.
In what one NBA executive told Ben Stinar, his contract with the Thunder if one of the worst in the league.
Basically, the team will have to fork over insane amounts of money for years -- limiting the amount of cap space they have to work with until then. They will probably tell you that paying Westbrook is a no-brainer, but it has yet to result in successful postseason results.
Can he adjust and eventually take the Thunder all the way? That remains to be seen, but one cannot deny that Westbrook (at least at this point) might not be the best guy to do it.