The moment Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook went down in NBA Playoffs with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the All-Star’s fantasy basketball value instantly started going down. The point guard had a grueling rehab ahead of him and was unfortunately slated to miss the first month or two of the 2013 regular season.
Naturally, the news of the injury kept Westbrook from being drafted high this fall, especially after it came out that he needed another procedure just weeks before the season to reduce the swelling in his knee. Some were simply too concerned with the injury and the doubt forced him to drop right out of the top-10 point guards in some formats.
The point guard rehabbed extremely hard, though, and shockingly returned after missing only two games this season. Most thought he was going to be out for months and some even projected him to miss the entire season, but Westbrook’s stellar return has quickly put to rest any rumors about his health.
Westbrook is dropping 20.8 points per game, while filling the box score with 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds. He is also adding 1.9 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per contest to his amazing stat totals. He has turned out to be an extraordinary value pick and has put up elite numbers since returning to the lineup.
Westbrook has fit right back into his spot as a top-tier fantasy point guard, and he looks as healthy as he ever has.