Russell Westbrook: The Best Point Guard in the NBA

January 18th, 2011 by Grant Rindner Leave a reply »
When one thinks of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that has worked its way into the conscience of every NBA fan with explosive offense and unmatched athleticism, the first player to come to mind is probably Kevin Durant. The league's leading scorer, averaging 28.5 points per game, Durant is an unstoppable force in the paint, on the perimeter and literally anywhere on the court. The man cannot, will not be contained.

But it's Russell Westbrook, the team's starting point guard who provides the spark for this young team. Typically, point guards are grouped into two categories: playmakers like Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash, who prefer to create a shot for a teammate rather than attempt one themselves and shooting point guards like Deron Williams or Derrick Rose, who, while they are proficient at finding open players, prefer to take shots themselves. Both styles of play have their merit and provide different benefits to a team. But Westbrook is invaluable because he's the perfect harmony of both styles of ball.

Averaging 22.4 PPG to go with 8.4 assists and nearly a pair of steals, Westbrook is at home either drawing out defenders to find a cutting Durant or Ibaka ...

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