3 All-Star Candidates Spurs' Dejounte Murray is Outperforming

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2. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook hasn't exactly been great this season but still inexplicably leads Murray in All-Star voting among West guards. This is in spite of Westbrook's destructive play which includes him ranking fourth in the NBA in turnovers and frequently having defensive lapses and wild shooting performances.

Contrast that with Murray, who's been very consistent from game to game, helping San Antonio remain competitive. On the other hand, Westbrook can sometimes feel like a double agent sabotaging the Lakers.

Luckily, Westbrook won't be voted in as a starter, but there's still a chance that he makes it over Murray as a reserve. That's crazy, but Westbrook is putting up decent numbers including averaging 18.5 points, 8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 4.1 turnovers. Those stats are technically comparable to those of Murray (besides the turnovers).

Factor in that he's a former league MVP, an 8-time All-Star, and playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, and that could be enough for him to get the edge over Murray. For the record, Murray averages 19.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and just 2.4 turnovers, besting Westbrook's production.

Additionally, Murray leads the league in steals and has been more of a menace than Spider-Man on that end of the floor.  Murray is far more worthy of a spot on the All-Star team this year than Westbrook.