Why is Russell Westbrook worth an $80 million contract extension? – Quora link
Favorite answer by Jordan Berman:
Russell Westbrook is 23, has gotten better every season, is already one of the elite athletes and point guards in the NBA, was all-NBA second team and an all start last year (at age 22), is a solid complement to OKC star Kevin Durant (despite their occasional growing pains together), and he is willing to stay in a small market.
He averages 18 points, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 1.5 steals per game for his career. He is unguardable.
If your second best player is Russell Westbrook, you can win an NBA championship.
Name another player in the NBA about whom you can say all of the above.
The more appropriate questions is “why isn’t Westbrook worth $80m?” and the only conceivable answer is that you doubt his ability to co-exist with Durant long-term. But Thunder management obviously believes those concerns are overstated.