Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne have a pregame routine for the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s a long, involved dance sequence in which the two players face each other and have some fun with it. It’s one of those superstitious routines that players tend to believe is vital to their success. Everything with players is about routine and doing the same things over and over. These things matter to them as players.
Charlie Villanueva wasn’t even supposed to make this team. After getting paid big money form the Detroit Pistons in 2009, Villanueva never played like the Pistons expected. His scoring average decreased each year during his five year tenure in Detroit and averaged a mere 4.6 points a game last season. Then the Mavericks signed him to a non-guaranteed contract this summer, and Villanueva has proved that he can still play in this league.