Mark Cuban Says Thunder Must Win for Russell Westbrook to Be NBA Superstar

December 9th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

In April, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban asserted Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was "an All-Star but not a superstar," according to's Tim MacMahon. 

Friday, Cuban doubled down and said that while Westbrook is posting outrageous numbers through the season's quarter-pole, he doesn't believe the electric floor general is a superstar just yet. 

"He's putting up superstar numbers. That's for damn sure," Cuban said, per MacMahon. "I'm not taking anything away from what he's been able to accomplish, but I'm not going to change my definition. He's putting superstar numbers. You can't deny that."

When Cuban commented on Westbrook's status roughly eight months ago, he provided clear criteria for what he believes makes a player a superstar: "There are only a few guys where you can put them on any team, and they win 50 games. To me, that's the definition of a superstar."

However, Cuban praised the job Westbrook has done to this point in the season after the Thunder point guard entered Friday night's clash with the Houston Rockets averaging 31.0 points, 11.3 assi ...

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