Durant, Westbrook look to join high-scoring teammates elite

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Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 57 points in the most recent NBA All-Star Game. That was the second-most points in an NBA All-Star Game history by teammates; the Miami duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 60 points in that same game and now hold the record for most combined points by teammates in an NBA All-Star Game. The two pairs became the sixth and seventh teammates to score 50 or more points in an all-star game (see my blog of February 24, 2012 for more on this stat).

Durant and Westbrook are looking to join James and Wade in another elite group. As of games through March 5, Durant is averaging 28.1 points per game and ranks second in scoring in the league. Westbrook is averaging 23.7 points per games and ranks fifth in the league. If Westbrook can bring his average up and over the 25 points per game mark by the end of the season, they would join 15 other sets of teammates to both average 25 or more points per game in a season.

Following are the teammates who both averaged 25 or more points per games in an NBA season.

Year, Team, Teammates (Scoring Average)

2010-11   Miami Heat, LeBron James (26.7) and Dwyane Wade (25.5)

2007-08   Denver Nuggets, Allen Iverson (26.4) and Carmelo Anthony (25.7)

2002-03   Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant (30.0) and Shaquille O’Neal (27.5)

2001-02   Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal (27.2) and Kobe Bryant (25.2)

2000-01   Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal (28.7) and Kobe Bryant (28.5)

1986-87   Boston Celtics, Larry Bird (28.1) and Kevin McHale (26.1)

1983-84   Denver Nuggets, Kiki Vandeweghe (29.4) and Alex English (26.4)

1982-82   Denver Nuggets, Alex English (28.4) and Kiki Vandeweghe (26.7)

1972-73   Atlanta Hawks, Lou Hudson (27.1) Pete Maravich (26.1)

1971-71   Los Angeles Lakers, Gail Goodrich (25.9) and Jerry West (25.8)

1966-67   Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry West (28.7) and Elgin Baylor (26.6)

1964-65   Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry West (31.0) and Elgin Baylor (27.1)

1963-64   Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry West (28.7) and Elgin Baylor (25.4)

1961-62   New York Knicks, Richie Guerin (29.5) and Willie Naulls (25.0)

1960-61   Cincinnati Royals, Oscar Robertson (30.5) and Jack Twyman (25.3)

Note #1: Of the 15 pairs listed, three played on title teams (Lakers 1971-72, 2000-01 and 2001-02). Three lost in the NBA finals… Lakers 1964-65; Celtics 1986-87; Heat 2010-11. Only two of the 15 did not make the playoffs that season… Royals 1960-61; Knicks 1961-62.

Note #2: Of the 15 pairs listed, 11 played on teams that had a regular season record better than .500.

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