Oklahoma City Thunder: Why OKC Fans Need to Get Behind Russell Westbrook

February 11th, 2012 by Tyler Emken Leave a reply »
Browsing Bleacher Report today, I stumbled across an article about why Dwight Howard would be a good fit for the Thunder. In the article, it is suggested that Oklahoma City should trade Kendrick Perkins and Russell Westbrook for Howard. It looks pretty good, in theory. Howard and Kevin Durant on the same team? That looks like a guaranteed title.

I do not want to start a flame war, as I feel Mr. Lorimer's ideas are well thought out. The only thing I have issue with is this feeling among the Oklahoma City fan base and the media that Westbrook is holding the Thunder (and by extension, Durant) from greatness. OKC fans need to realize how lucky they are to have Westbrook.

Westbrook is easily one of the top five point guards in the league. It isn't a stretch to put him in the same class as Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Westbrook is a dynamic scorer and one of the fastest players I have ever seen. The way he accelerates to the rim reminds me a lot of his contemporary in Chicago.  He is also a solid defender and a very good rebounder for a point guard.

Westbrook needs to work on his decision making and passing, but one needs to realize that ...

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