5. RUSSELL WESTBROOK – The Holstered Handguns
Russell Westbrook’s holstered guns have become his trademark after big threes. He’ll nail a long shot, then holster those hands like they’ve just shot down some evil varmin at the O.K. Coral. It’s pretty fun to watch simply because Russ seems to have so much fun performing the routine, and his enthusiasm is contagious; the Oklahoma City crowd eats it up every time. But he’s not the only one to use the gunslinger routine to celebrate a made basket.
I’ve actually debated the differences between Russell Westbrook’s holstered guns and Joakim Noah‘s Yosemite Sam rendition once before. Noah actually fires off his finger pistols first before holstering them, and he doesn’t mind performing this routine when he’s not even in the game. While it’s a commendable celebration for Noah – especially if he’s scoring 30 and grabbing 23 boards – it’s not quite as much fun as Russ. Russ lives to shoot the basketball, and so any time he’s holstering those guns, you know OKC is on a run. Not so with Joakim.