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Old 06-12-2008, 08:36 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Re: Russell Westbrook

Well he has great size and athletic ability for a PG, along with a PG mentality, and really really good defense.

He showcased everything (including some nice shooting) in the Memphis game in the final 4. He defended Rose well when he was switched onto him after Rose got Collison in foul trouble. He showed the ability to get to the rim at will, as noone could keep up to him. He showed his PG ability while being defended by Rose. UCLA did much better vs. Memphis when Westbrook was the PG over Collison. He also showed the ability to create, not only for himself, but for others. He drove and got into the lane easily (like i said) and dropped it off for others.

Also, mid-way through the season, when Collison went down with an injury, Westbrook filled in at the PG spot and led the Pac-10 in assists.

He has mad potential. He is somewhat raw at the moment, but i definitely think he will be a really good NBA player.

His stats aren't the greatest, but he wasn't asked to score for UCLA. He was the 3rd/4th scoring option, which explains his only 13ppg. He wasn't asked to create as much as Collison either, but when his team needed him, he stepped up, which is why i like him. He played great defense, and shut down Mayo twice (once Mayo was not at full strenght) and shut down Bayless (only once i think) when put on him. He is usually put on the best perimeter player of the other team.
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One thing that can't be overlooked is he improved a tremendous amount from his Freshman year to his Sophomore year. With his work ethic who's to say he can't keep improving offensively?
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Where are all the bashers now?
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probably not all too impressed by summer league games.
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A rich mans Earl Watson.
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probably not all too impressed by summer league games.
the scouts beg to differ with you
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probably not all too impressed by summer league games.
man if they aren't impressed with Westbrook in summer league I would hate to think what they though of Rose, Chalmers, Lopez, CDR, Lee... etc.......
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man if they aren't impressed with Westbrook in summer league I would hate to think what they though of Rose, Chalmers, Lopez, CDR, Lee... etc.......
summer league is meaningless. it's nice that westbrook is playing well but it doesn't translate to the nba. he could be the best player in the history of summer leagues and it still wouldn't matter. he had to do it when it actually matters to prove any doubters wrong.
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summer league is meaningless. it's nice that westbrook is playing well but it doesn't translate to the nba. he could be the best player in the history of summer leagues and it still wouldn't matter. he had to do it when it actually matters to prove any doubters wrong.
It's not meaningless, but it's not all-important either. Obviously, when guys like Skita have been named MVP of summer leagues, you've got to know it isn't a direct translation. But depending on what a guy is doing--specifically--and against whom, it can mean something.
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Re: Russell Westbrook

I'm willing to say that I was wrong to an extent about Russell Westbrook, but my continual assertion that he is/was not a Point Guard is not something that I will back down from yet. He was obviously worthy of a lottery pick, so my bad on that. But I also want to stress that putting up the stats that he's dropping on the horrendous [Team that Shall Not Be Named] is not as impressive as if he was doing this anywhere else. But either way, I was wrong about him to an extent, and he's a lot better than I expected.
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I'm willing to say that I was wrong to an extent about Russell Westbrook, but my continual assertion that he is/was not a Point Guard is not something that I will back down from yet. He was obviously worthy of a lottery pick, so my bad on that. But I also want to stress that putting up the stats that he's dropping on the horrendous [Team that Shall Not Be Named] is not as impressive as if he was doing this anywhere else. But either way, I was wrong about him to an extent, and he's a lot better than I expected.
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guy is an absolute superstar in the making
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I dunno man. Is he better than expected...yes. But I think he's getting what I like to call "Dickau numbers" check Dan Dickau's numbers when he was the starter for the Hornets when they were so terrible a few years back.
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He's getting the numbers because his team's uptempo style matches his athleticism. He's built like Derrick Rose. He's averaging 15 PPG on 40% shooting, and he gets his numbers because the team gets more possessions. He's the 3rd best rookie behind Rose and OJ. Great pick by the team that used to be my team.
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Re: Russell Westbrook

i think him and Durant are the players they should build around
if anything Jeff Green is the one thats getting inflated numbers IMO
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