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2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

30.6

REB

10.6

AST

10.4

STL

1.5

BLK

0.3

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

With Kevin Durant sidelined for 55 games during the 2014-15 season with a broken right foot, Westbrook swallowed the Thunder offense whole, tallying 11 triple-doubles and averaging a career-high 28.1 points per game. Westbrook's production was expected to take a step back la...

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HT: 6' 4"   WT: 200 lbs   DOB: 11/12/1988  College: UCLA   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2008   Show ContractHide Contract

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Russell Westbrook Contract Information:

Re-signed with the Thunder on a three-year, $85.59 million contract extension in August of 2016 that will run through the end of the 2018-19 season. Contract will include a $30.5 million player option for the 2018-19 season.

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Westbrook finished with 27 points (8-23 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 10-11 FT) to go along with 15 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 121-100 loss against the Warriors.

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Russell Westbrook NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 82 32.5 15.3 4.9 5.3 1.3 0.2 0.4 39.8 81.5 3.3 2.2 2.7 1.6 27.1 5.3 13.4 4.3 5.2
2009-10 20 82 34.3 16.1 4.9 8.0 1.3 0.4 0.3 41.8 78.0 3.3 1.7 3.1 1.3 22.1 5.9 14.1 4.0 5.1
2010-11 21 OKC 82 34.7 21.9 4.6 8.2 1.9 0.4 0.4 44.2 84.2 3.9 1.5 3.1 1.3 33.0 7.5 17.0 6.5 7.7
2011-12 22 OKC 66 35.3 23.6 4.6 5.5 1.7 0.3 0.9 45.7 82.3 3.6 1.5 3.1 3.0 31.6 8.8 19.2 5.2 6.3
2012-13 23 OKC 82 34.9 23.2 5.2 7.4 1.8 0.3 1.2 43.8 80.0 3.3 1.4 3.9 3.7 32.3 8.2 18.7 5.6 7.0
2013-14 24 OKC 46 30.7 21.8 5.7 6.9 1.9 0.2 1.5 43.7 82.6 3.8 1.2 4.5 4.7 31.8 7.5 17.2 5.3 6.4
2014-15 25 OKC 67 34.4 28.1 7.3 8.6 2.1 0.2 1.3 42.6 83.5 4.4 1.9 5.4 4.3 29.9 9.4 22.0 8.1 9.8
2015-16 26 OKC 80 34.4 23.5 7.8 10.4 2.0 0.3 1.3 45.4 81.2 4.3 1.8 6.0 4.3 29.6 8.2 18.1 5.8 7.2
2016-17 27 OKC 44 34.6 30.6 10.6 10.4 1.5 0.3 2.0 42.3 82.6 5.5 1.9 8.8 6.3 32.4 10.0 23.6 8.6 10.4
Rest Of Season Projections 28 OKC 37 35.6 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
2016-17 Projections 28 OKC 80 35.1 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 34.0 27.0 10.5 9.8 2.5 0.5 2.0 38.4 89.5 7.8 2.5 8.0 7.0 28.6 8.3 21.5 8.5 9.5
Last 14 Days 7 34.4 26.4 11.6 10.9 2.3 0.4 2.3 40.6 85.5 6.4 1.9 9.7 7.7 29.6 8.3 20.4 7.6 8.9
Last 30 Days 16 33.8 30.1 10.8 9.6 1.9 0.3 2.4 41.8 84.3 5.4 1.5 9.3 7.4 32.2 9.5 22.8 8.8 10.4
Last 5 Games 5 34.6 26.4 11.0 10.2 2.4 0.6 1.6 37.1 86.8 7.4 2.2 8.8 7.0 22.9 7.8 21.0 9.2 10.6
Last 10 Games 10 34.9 29.7 11.1 9.5 2.3 0.4 2.8 39.4 85.6 5.9 1.7 9.4 9.1 30.8 9.3 23.6 8.3 9.7
Last 20 Games 20 33.4 30.1 10.4 9.7 1.7 0.3 2.3 41.7 85.2 5.2 1.5 8.9 7.0 32.9 9.6 22.9 8.7 10.2

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Russell Westbrook
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Jan 18 @GSW 35 27 15 13 2 2 10 8 23 10 11 1 6 4 11 5
Jan 16 @LAC 29 24 5 4 2 0 4 7 19 8 9 2 7 1 4 2
Jan 15 @SAC 36 36 11 10 4 0 7 11 21 10 11 4 5 2 9 1
Jan 13 @MIN 36 21 11 12 2 0 10 7 23 6 7 1 10 3 8 3
Jan 11 MEM 37 24 13 12 2 1 6 6 19 12 15 0 7 1 12 1
Jan 9 @CHI 33 21 9 14 1 0 3 9 18 2 3 1 7 0 9 2
Jan 7 DEN 35 32 17 11 3 0 5 10 20 5 6 7 12 2 15 3
Jan 5 @HOU 38 49 8 5 2 0 5 16 34 9 11 8 15 1 7 2
Jan 4 @CHA 34 33 15 8 2 1 4 10 31 11 13 2 12 3 12 5
Jan 2 @MIL 36 30 7 6 3 0 5 9 28 10 11 2 10 0 7 3
Dec 31 LAC 29 17 12 14 2 0 1 6 11 5 6 0 2 0 12 0
Dec 29 @MEM 23 21 5 0 2 0 6 6 19 7 10 2 6 2 3 3
Dec 27 @MIA 37 29 17 11 0 0 7 11 22 7 10 0 1 0 17 0
Dec 25 MIN 33 31 7 15 1 1 5 11 25 8 9 1 4 3 4 2
Dec 23 @BOS 35 45 11 11 1 0 4 13 25 14 16 5 7 1 10 1
Dec 21 @NOP 34 42 10 7 1 0 4 12 26 16 18 2 7 1 9 2
Dec 19 ATL 35 46 11 7 1 0 4 16 33 11 13 3 10 2 9 2
Dec 17 PHO 34 26 11 22 2 1 5 9 17 7 7 1 2 0 11 3
Dec 14 @UTA 31 27 6 5 1 0 5 7 25 11 13 2 5 1 5 4
Dec 13 @POR 27 20 6 6 0 0 4 7 19 4 4 2 5 2 4 1
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Dec 11 BOS 36 37 12 6 2 0 7 14 26 7 12 2 5 3 9 3
Dec 9 HOU 36 27 10 10 3 0 8 8 25 11 12 0 7 1 9 3
Dec 5 @ATL 34 32 13 12 1 1 4 10 22 9 14 3 8 1 12 1
Dec 4 NOP 38 28 17 12 1 0 10 10 23 6 9 2 8 1 16 1
Nov 30 WAS 41 35 14 11 2 0 5 12 35 10 10 1 6 4 10 3
Nov 28 @NYK 36 27 17 14 2 0 7 9 23 7 7 2 3 5 12 3
Nov 26 DET 37 17 13 15 1 1 5 8 22 1 2 0 5 3 10 2
Nov 25 @DEN 41 36 11 17 0 1 7 9 25 15 17 3 4 1 10 3
Nov 23 @SAC 35 31 11 9 2 0 3 7 18 16 19 1 5 1 10 1
Nov 22 @LAL 36 34 8 13 2 0 8 13 30 4 5 4 9 3 5 3
Nov 20 IND 40 31 11 15 2 0 7 13 34 3 5 2 8 5 6 3
Nov 18 BKN 34 30 10 13 1 0 3 13 21 4 5 0 1 3 7 0
Nov 16 HOU 36 30 7 9 2 0 6 9 20 10 11 2 4 1 6 0
Nov 14 @DET 34 33 15 8 0 0 7 11 21 11 12 0 2 2 13 4
Nov 13 ORL 38 41 12 16 0 0 2 14 21 13 18 0 3 2 10 2
Nov 11 LAC 35 29 14 9 1 0 4 9 25 8 9 3 5 1 13 5
Nov 9 TOR 39 36 7 7 1 2 8 9 26 15 18 3 12 2 5 2
Nov 7 MIA 27 14 5 11 0 0 5 5 16 3 3 1 6 2 3 2
Nov 5 MIN 28 28 6 8 3 0 2 9 18 6 8 4 5 2 4 3
Nov 3 @GSW 29 20 6 10 1 2 6 4 15 10 14 2 4 1 5 3
Nov 2 @LAC 33 35 6 5 3 0 10 14 30 7 9 0 7 1 5 4
Oct 30 LAL 34 33 11 16 1 1 7 11 21 6 6 5 6 4 7 3
Oct 28 PHO 45 51 13 10 2 0 5 17 44 15 20 2 10 3 10 3
Oct 26 @PHI 36 32 12 9 0 0 2 11 21 9 11 1 2 1 11 2
Russell Westbrook Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Russell Westbrook – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

54.3%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Russell Westbrook has a true shooting percentage of 54.3%.

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Russell Westbrook NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 82 36.0 16.9 5.4 5.9 1.5 0.2 0.5 39.8 81.5 3.7 2.4 3.0 1.7 27.1 5.9 14.8 4.7 5.8
2009-10 20 82 36.0 16.9 5.1 8.3 1.4 0.4 0.3 41.8 78.0 3.4 1.8 3.3 1.3 22.1 6.2 14.8 4.2 5.4
2010-11 21 OKC 82 36.0 22.7 4.8 8.5 2.0 0.4 0.4 44.2 84.2 4.0 1.5 3.3 1.3 33.0 7.8 17.6 6.7 8.0
2011-12 22 OKC 66 36.0 24.1 4.6 5.6 1.7 0.3 1.0 45.7 82.3 3.7 1.5 3.2 3.0 31.6 8.9 19.6 5.3 6.4
2012-13 23 OKC 82 36.0 23.9 5.4 7.6 1.8 0.3 1.2 43.8 80.0 3.4 1.4 4.0 3.8 32.3 8.5 19.3 5.8 7.2
2013-14 24 OKC 46 36.0 25.5 6.7 8.1 2.2 0.2 1.7 43.7 82.6 4.5 1.4 5.3 5.5 31.8 8.8 20.2 6.2 7.5
2014-15 25 OKC 67 36.0 29.5 7.6 9.0 2.2 0.2 1.3 42.6 83.5 4.6 1.9 5.7 4.5 29.9 9.8 23.0 8.5 10.2
2015-16 26 OKC 80 36.0 24.6 8.2 10.9 2.1 0.3 1.3 45.4 81.2 4.5 1.9 6.3 4.5 29.6 8.6 18.9 6.1 7.5
2016-17 27 OKC 44 36.0 31.9 11.1 10.8 1.6 0.3 2.1 42.3 82.6 5.7 1.9 9.1 6.5 32.4 10.4 24.6 9.0 10.8
Rest Of Season Projections 28 OKC 37 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
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Russell Westbrook NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 82 2668 1256 399 435 110 16 35 39.8 81.5 274 178 221 129 27.1 436 1095 349 428
2009-10 20 82 2815 1322 401 652 108 34 23 41.8 78.0 268 143 258 104 22.1 485 1160 329 422
2010-11 21 OKC 82 2847 1793 379 670 155 30 34 44.2 84.2 316 121 258 103 33.0 614 1390 531 631
2011-12 22 OKC 66 2331 1558 301 362 112 21 62 45.7 82.3 239 96 205 196 31.6 578 1266 340 413
2012-13 23 OKC 82 2861 1903 428 607 145 24 97 43.8 80.0 273 111 317 300 32.3 673 1535 460 575
2013-14 24 OKC 46 1412 1002 263 319 88 7 68 43.7 82.6 177 55 208 214 31.8 346 791 242 293
2014-15 25 OKC 67 2302 1886 488 574 140 14 86 42.6 83.5 293 124 364 288 29.9 627 1471 546 654
2015-16 26 OKC 80 2750 1878 626 834 163 20 101 45.4 81.2 342 145 481 341 29.6 656 1444 465 573
2016-17 27 OKC 44 1523 1348 468 458 67 14 89 42.3 82.6 242 82 386 275 32.4 440 1040 379 459
Rest Of Season Projections 28 OKC 37 1317 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
2016-17 Projections 28 OKC 80 2808 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2008-09 19 82 32.5 48.9 41.4 21.8 13.8 1.6 14.7
2009-10 20 82 34.3 49.1 42.8 28.8 11.8 2.4 18.1
2010-11 21 OKC 82 34.7 53.8 45.4 25.2 11.9 2.1 22.4
2011-12 22 OKC 66 35.3 53.8 48.1 17.7 11.7 1.5 20.5
2012-13 23 OKC 82 34.9 53.2 47.0 22.8 10.2 2.2 22.6
2013-14 24 OKC 46 30.7 54.5 48.0 22.5 12.5 1.8 21.9
2014-15 25 OKC 67 34.4 53.6 45.5 21.9 11.2 2.0 27.7
2015-16 26 OKC 80 34.4 55.4 48.9 29.0 11.9 2.4 28.5
2016-17 27 OKC 44 34.6 54.3 46.6 23.6 12.5 1.9 32.6
Rest Of Season Projections 28 OKC 37 35.6 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
2016-17 Projections 28 OKC 80 35.1 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Westbrook compiled 24 points (7-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two steals over 29 minutes in Monday's 120-98 loss to the Clippers.

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Westbrook went for 36 points (11-21 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and four steals in 36 minutes during the Thunder's 122-118 win over the Kings on Sunday.

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Westbrook finished with 21 points (7-23 FT, 1-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 12 assists, 11 rebounds and two steals over 36 minutes in Friday's 96-86 loss against the Timberwolves.

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Westbrook posted 24 points (6-19 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 12-15 FT), 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and a block across 37 minutes in a 103-95 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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Westbrook posted 21 points (9-18 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 14 assists, nine rebounds and one steal across 33 minutes during a 109-94 victory against the Bulls on Monday.

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Westbrook totaled 32 points (10-20 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 17 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals across 35 minutes during a 121-106 win against Denver on Saturday.

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Westbrook posted 49 points (16-34 FG, 8-15 3Pt, 9-11 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes during Thursday's 118-116 loss to Houston.

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Westbrook scored 33 points ( 10-31 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 11-13 FT) and added 15 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 123-112 loss to the Hornets.

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Westbrook scored 30 points (9-28 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 10-11 FT) with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals across 36 minutes in Monday's 98-94 loss to the Bucks.

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Westbrook registered 17 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 14 assists, 12 rebounds and two steals across 29 minutes during a 114-88 victory over the Clippers on Saturday.

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Westbrook was ejected from Thursday's game against the Grizzlies after picking up two quick technical fouls early in the third quarter. He finished with 21 points, five rebounds and zero assists in 23 minutes.

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Westbrook scord 29 points (11-22 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-10 FT) while adding 17 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 106-94 win over the Heat.

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2016-17

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2015-16

Westbrook had a remarkable 2014-15 season. After suffering a broken right hand in just the second game of the season, he sat out the next month before returning to put together the best fantasy season of his career. Through 67 games played, Westbrook averaged 28.1 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 2.1 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 34 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the field, 30 percent from three, and 84 percent from the line. Kevin Durant suffered a broken right foot last season that limited him to 27 games, giving Westbrook a yellow-bricked road by which to travel to see the Wizard, and when Westbrook met the Wizard of OZ, he asked him for triple-doubles, 11 of them. During a 12-game stretch from the end of February through the middle of March, he collected eight triple-doubles. Nothing could stop Westbrook last season when Durant was out of the lineup, but this season will see Durant back healthy, which should bring Westbrook's production back closer to the production he had when playing in tandem with Durant. Though it's unlikely new coach Billy Donovan will ask Westbrook to do anything different to the point that it would affect his fantasy value considerably, it's worth noting that Donovan could have an impact in how Westbrook gets his stats this season. The Thunder are deeper than ever with this season after adding Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter in separate trades last season, so the ball will have to find its way out of Westbrook and Durant's hands a little more this season, which could make both players see slight dips in their counting stats, but it could also help improve their efficiency numbers.

2014-15

After an injury-shortened 2013-14 in which he played in only 46 games, Westbrook appears to be at full strength heading into the 2014-15 season, and that's music to the ears of the Thunder and potential fantasy owners alike. The 25-year-old, who has had three different surgeries on his right knee over the past couple years, decided to sit out the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in order to get additional time to rest and prepare for the start of the season. When healthy there are few point guards as productive as Westbrook, who averaged 21.8 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.9 steals in 31 minutes per game during the regular season and 26.7 points, 8.1 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.2 steals throughout Oklahoma City's playoff run. Westbrook finished eighth overall and second (behind only Chris Paul) among all guards in PER (player efficiency rating) at 24.74. A slight uptick in turnovers (from 3.3 per game in 2012-13 up to 3.8 in 2013-14) is somewhat of a concern, and Westbrook's shot selection has always been an issue, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The explosive guard is just now entering his prime and appears poised to have another outstanding season with the Thunder.

2013-14

Westbrook was something of an iron man for the Thunder last season, starting all 82 games for a team expected to challenge for a spot in the NBA Finals. But a torn meniscus in his right knee cut his season – and the Thunder's – a bit short; OKC managed to beat Houston in the first round, but lost to Memphis in the conference semifinals. Westbrook should make a complete recovery from April surgery and be his old, explosive self, but he may not be completely recovered for the season opener. And it may take even longer before his confidence returns fully. Bear in mind – Westbrook's style of play, and his trademark, nigh-unstoppable pull-up jumper – puts an awful lot of strain on his knees. If he isn't his old, fearless self, his overall game (and his fantasy numbers) could take a significant hit. It's not like he can simply rely on his jump shot (32 percent 3Pt in 2012-13). Like several other high-scoring point guards, Westbrook might benefit from some minutes playing off the ball, which would allow him to concentrate on getting his own shot at times. OKC doesn't really have a proven backup point guard that would allow that, but the team is reportedly high on third-year player Reggie Jackson, who may grow into the role.

2012-13

Westbrook might be the top point guard of his generation--a group that includes 2011 MVP Derrick Rose. His athleticism is nothing short of breathtaking. There isn't a guard in the league that can stay in front of Westbrook when he gets room to operate off the dribble. And he's developed a pull-up jumper that ranks as one of the league's most unstoppable moves. The only real question is whether or not he's a true point guard. He played off the ball in college and, at times, seems more comfortable as scorer than a facilitator. The numbers bear that out. His assist average dropped to 5.5 last year after spending the previous three in the eight-plus range. With extra seasoning, Westbrook continues to improve his shot. He hit almost twice as many three-pointers in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season as he did in 2010-11. The additional threes didn't hurt his overall shooting numbers; he posted a career-best 45.7 FG percentage last season. He is also an excellent rebounder for his position. Probably the most reassuring thing about drafting Westbrook is that fact that he has yet to miss a game in his NBA career.

2011-12

Russell Westbrook spent much of last season making the argument that he’s neck-and-neck with Derrick Rose for “top young point in the NBA” honors. He spent the playoffs showing how far he still has to go. Westbrook finished the season with a scoring average just under 22 ppg – second only to Rose among point guards – while racking up 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds. And he’s got room to improve; bear in mind, he’s still just 22 and relatively new to the point guard position; at UCLA, he mostly played off the ball. That inexperience showed against better competition in the postseason, when Westbrook drew heavy criticism for taking over too much of a scoring role at the expense of his all-world teammate Kevin Durant. Westbrook may continue to develop as a scoring guard and hand over some of the ball-handling responsibility to James Harden or Eric Maynor, or simply learn to pick his spots better. Either way, he’ll be a tremendous fantasy value.

2010-11

Westbrook's development over two NBA seasons is nothing short of staggering. Remember, Westbrook didn't even play the point much in college, and was drafted primarily for his defense. He was brought along slowly, playing off the ball for much of his rookie season. But after year two of his NBA career, he's regarded as one of the better young points in the league and is spending this summer as a key part of Team USA's World Championship roster. Westbrook has much in common with Rajon Rondo; both are outstanding athletes and stellar defenders who move the ball well and can break down defenses off the dribble. And like Rondo, Westbrook's outside shot is spotty at best. But unlike Rondo, Westbrook actually does use his three to keep defenses honest; he had 40 makes on the season on just .270 shooting from long range; that number contributed to his overall .417 shooting from the field. Look for Westbrook to continue to improve along with his Thunder teammates; though he's entering his third year in the league, Westbrook won't hit age 22 until the second week of the season.

2009-10

Westbrook’s first season for the Thunder may become the template used for all rookie point guards in years to come. Westbrook came into the NBA as yet another backcourt ‘tweener – primarily a shooting guard in college, who would need to transition to the point to survive in the NBA. The Thunder – knowing that they had virtually no chance of competing in the stacked Western Conference anyway – brought their prized rookie along slowly, with most of his minutes coming at the two spot initially. By season’s end, Westbrook was firmly entrenched as the starter and a key part of one of the most promising young rosters in the league – allowing Thunder management to pass on uber-hyped point guard prospect Ricky Rubio in the 2009 draft. As a fantasy player, think of Westbrook as Rajon Rondo-lite. Like the Celtics’ point, Westbrook is a supreme athlete and outstanding defender, but his floor leadership (274 turnovers) and outside shot (just over 27 percent from three, with 129 attempts on the year) need some work. He’s an excellent rebounder for his position, snagging just under five boards per game as a rookie.

2008-09

Oklahoma City is rebuilding with defense, so it shouldn't have been a surprise when the team selected one of the best defenders in the draft with the fourth overall pick last June. Westbrook will see significant minutes as the team evaluates whether he is indeed the point guard of the future. He'll see time at shooting guard, as well, and likely will be used late in games for his defense. If Westbrook proves capable of directing the offense, he could start at point guard by season's end with mentor Earl Watson coming off the bench. Otherwise, he'll back up the guard positions and start at the two-spot when Kevin Durant starts at the three. Westbrook has a good mid-range jumper, but would be more valuable if he developed a long-range shot. Skilled in transition where his excellent athleticism serves him well, Westbrook needs to show he can play a half-court game, too.