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2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

24.1

REB

7.6

AST

10.0

STL

2.4

BLK

0.2

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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....

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HT: 6' 4"   WT: 190 lbs   DOB: 11/12/1988  College: University of California Los Angeles   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2008   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a multi-year contract with the Sonics in July 2008. The Thunder exercised their team option in October 2009, keeping Westbrook under contract through 2010-2011. Thunder exercised fourth-option in October 2010, keeping him signed through the 2011-12 season. Agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal through the 2016-2017 season in January of 2012.

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Westbrook supplied 23 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists and nine rebounds over 28 minutes in Thursday's 121-95 victory over the Pelicans.

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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 53 34.4 24.1 7.6 10.0 2.4 0.2 1.2 45.6 82.2 4.3 1.8 5.8 4.0 29.4 8.5 18.6 5.9 7.2
Rest Of Season Projections 27 OKC 28 36.9 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season 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 3 33.7 26.3 6.7 10.0 1.7 0.0 2.0 43.6 92.6 3.7 2.0 4.7 4.7 42.9 8.0 18.3 8.3 9.0
Last 14 Days 6 35.3 24.3 10.3 11.5 1.5 0.2 1.2 47.7 88.1 4.3 2.5 7.8 3.3 35.0 8.5 17.8 6.2 7.0
Last 30 Days 15 33.9 20.7 9.2 11.2 1.9 0.1 0.9 45.9 79.0 3.8 2.4 6.8 3.2 27.1 7.8 17.0 4.3 5.4
Last 5 Games 5 35.0 24.0 10.4 11.0 1.6 0.0 1.2 48.8 93.8 3.6 2.8 7.6 3.6 33.3 8.4 17.2 6.0 6.4
Last 10 Games 10 36.8 24.3 9.7 10.8 1.5 0.2 1.1 47.9 84.7 4.2 2.4 7.3 3.4 32.4 9.1 19.0 5.0 5.9
Last 20 Games 20 34.3 21.6 9.1 11.2 2.0 0.1 1.0 44.2 80.5 4.2 2.2 6.9 3.6 28.2 7.8 17.7 5.0 6.2

 

2015-16 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
2016-2Feb 11 NOP 28 23 9 10 0 0 2 8 14 5 6 2 5 1 8 2
2016-2Feb 8 @PHO 36 29 8 8 2 0 6 8 19 11 12 2 5 3 5 4
2016-2Feb 6 @GSW 37 27 3 12 3 0 3 8 22 9 9 2 4 2 1 4
2016-2Feb 3 ORL 38 24 19 14 2 0 2 10 18 4 4 0 1 7 12 1
2016-2Feb 1 WAS 36 17 13 11 1 0 5 8 13 1 1 0 3 1 12 2
2016-1Jan 29 HOU 37 26 10 14 1 1 8 9 21 7 10 1 2 1 9 3
2016-1Jan 27 @MIN 37 24 8 15 0 0 4 7 13 7 7 3 4 2 6 3
2016-1Jan 26 @NYK 44 30 8 10 3 0 5 13 24 4 5 0 2 2 6 3
2016-1Jan 24 @BKN 40 27 11 7 1 0 3 12 27 2 5 1 4 2 9 1
2016-1Jan 22 @DAL 35 16 8 7 2 1 4 8 19 0 0 0 4 3 5 4
2016-1Jan 20 CHA 27 16 8 15 5 0 5 5 14 6 7 0 3 1 7 2
2016-1Jan 19 @DEN 39 27 5 12 3 0 4 10 22 6 9 1 6 4 1 5
2016-1Jan 17 MIA 33 13 10 15 2 0 3 5 16 2 2 1 4 3 7 2
2016-1Jan 15 MIN 27 12 11 10 2 0 2 6 10 0 0 0 1 3 8 4
2016-1Jan 13 DAL 15 0 7 8 2 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 0 1 6 0
2016-1Jan 12 @MIN 33 22 7 11 3 0 7 8 15 4 6 2 4 1 6 3
2016-1Jan 10 @POR 38 25 9 15 3 0 4 7 19 9 11 2 4 1 8 6
2016-1Jan 8 @LAL 35 36 12 7 1 0 6 11 24 13 16 1 4 3 9 1
2016-1Jan 6 MEM 30 20 7 7 2 0 3 7 17 6 6 0 2 2 5 3
2016-1Jan 4 SAC 41 17 8 15 1 0 7 6 23 3 3 2 9 1 7 4
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2016-1Jan 2 @CHA 31 16 6 7 1 0 2 4 15 7 8 1 3 1 5 2
2015-12Dec 31 PHO 34 36 1 12 5 1 2 12 19 11 11 1 3 0 1 1
2015-12Dec 29 MIL 35 27 7 7 5 0 3 10 22 7 8 0 2 1 6 1
2015-12Dec 27 DEN 38 30 9 12 1 0 4 11 18 6 6 2 3 1 8 0
2015-12Dec 25 CHI 40 26 7 8 6 0 6 9 23 7 13 1 7 1 6 3
2015-12Dec 23 @LAL 30 23 8 8 2 0 2 10 19 3 5 0 1 3 5 2
2015-12Dec 21 @LAC 37 33 5 7 3 0 1 11 25 9 11 2 5 1 4 4
2015-12Dec 19 LAL 28 13 1 11 1 0 4 5 11 3 6 0 1 0 1 2
2015-12Dec 17 @CLE 34 27 3 10 3 0 4 10 18 6 6 1 3 0 3 4
2015-12Dec 16 POR 27 13 3 5 2 2 3 5 15 3 3 0 3 1 2 2
2015-12Dec 13 UTA 40 25 11 5 2 2 1 9 25 7 9 0 4 2 9 2
2015-12Dec 11 @UTA 35 24 7 7 2 0 3 8 19 6 6 2 4 1 6 2
2015-12Dec 10 ATL 38 23 6 10 3 0 2 8 17 4 6 3 4 2 4 2
2015-12Dec 8 @MEM 25 13 5 16 2 0 3 5 7 2 2 1 2 1 4 1
2015-12Dec 6 SAC 38 19 11 10 3 0 3 7 13 4 5 1 3 0 11 2
2015-12Dec 3 @MIA 34 25 5 6 1 0 7 8 18 9 9 0 3 1 4 1
2015-11Nov 30 @ATL 36 34 11 7 2 0 6 11 24 11 11 1 5 2 9 3
2015-11Nov 27 DET 29 14 4 4 1 0 11 5 14 3 5 1 3 2 2 6
2015-11Nov 25 BKN 35 27 6 13 5 0 3 10 16 7 8 0 3 1 5 1
2015-11Nov 23 @UTA 27 20 7 9 1 0 4 5 10 10 10 0 2 2 5 3
2015-11Nov 22 DAL 37 31 5 11 5 1 7 12 22 5 6 2 5 0 5 1
2015-11Nov 20 NYK 38 34 7 7 4 1 3 11 29 10 12 2 10 3 4 4
2015-11Nov 18 NOP 36 43 9 8 1 1 4 14 25 15 20 0 3 3 6 1
2015-11Nov 16 @MEM 39 40 4 14 3 0 8 13 19 9 13 5 8 1 3 1
2015-11Nov 15 BOS 33 27 4 5 3 2 4 5 20 15 17 2 10 1 3 4
2015-11Nov 13 PHI 35 21 17 11 3 0 6 8 22 3 4 2 6 4 13 1
2015-11Nov 10 @WAS 28 22 11 11 1 0 5 7 17 5 6 3 4 2 9 0
2015-11Nov 8 PHO 34 21 6 13 4 0 2 9 20 3 4 0 3 4 2 3
2015-11Nov 5 @CHI 39 20 8 10 1 0 2 7 18 6 6 0 2 2 6 2
2015-11Nov 4 TOR 35 22 5 16 2 0 8 8 21 3 4 3 9 0 5 4
2015-11Nov 2 @HOU 32 25 8 11 2 0 7 10 16 2 2 3 6 2 6 5
2015-11Nov 1 DEN 25 15 9 8 3 0 4 7 13 0 0 1 4 2 7 0
2015-10Oct 30 @ORL 48 48 11 8 1 1 6 17 36 13 16 1 5 5 6 3
2015-10Oct 28 SAS 37 33 2 10 2 0 5 12 23 6 7 3 6 1 1 3
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

55.3%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Russell Westbrook has a true shooting percentage of 55.3%.

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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 53 36.0 25.2 7.9 10.5 2.5 0.3 1.2 45.6 82.2 4.5 1.9 6.0 4.2 29.4 8.9 19.5 6.2 7.5
Rest Of Season Projections 27 OKC 28 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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 53 1825 1278 401 530 125 13 62 45.6 82.2 227 96 305 211 29.4 451 988 314 382
Rest Of Season Projections 27 OKC 28 1034 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
Preseason Projections 27 OKC 78 2675 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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 53 34.4 55.3 48.8 27.7 11.9 2.3 28.6
Rest Of Season Projections 27 OKC 28 36.9 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
Preseason Projections 27 OKC 78 34.3 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Russell Westbrook

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Westbrook had 29 points (8-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 11-12 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 36 minutes during the Thunder's 122-106 win against the Suns on Monday.

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Westbrook tallied 27 points (8-22 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 9-9 FT), 12 assists, three rebounds, and three steals over 37 minutes in Saturday's 116-108 loss to the Warriors.

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Westbrook went for 24 points (10-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 19 rebounds, 14 assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during the Thunder's 117-114 win over the Magic on Wednesday.

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Westbrook registered his seventh triple-double of the season in Monday's 114-98 win over the Wizards, with 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 FT, 0-3 3Pt), 13 rebounds, 11 assists, and a steal across 36 minutes.

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Westbrook scored 26 points (9-21 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-10 FT) to go with 14 assists, 10 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during the Thunder's 116-108 win versus the Rockets on Friday.

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Westbrook had 24 points (7-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 15 assists, and eight rebounds in 37 minutes during the Thunder's 126-123 win versus the Wolves on Wednesday.

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Westbrook went for 30 points (13-24 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 assists, eight rebounds, and three steals in 44 minutes during the Thunder's 128-122 overtime victory against the Knicks on Tuesday.

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Westbrook scored 27 points (12-27 FG, 2-5 FT, 1-4 3Pt) to go with 11 rebounds, seven assists, and a steal in 40 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Nets.

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Westbrook supplied 16 points (5-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 15 assists, eight boards, five steals, and five turnovers across 27 minutes in Wednesday's 109-95 trouncing of the Hornets.

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Westbrook had 27 points (10-22 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-9 FT), 12 assists, five rebounds, and three steals in 39 minutes during the Thunder's 110-104 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.

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Westbrook went for 13 points (5-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 assists, 10 rebounds, and two steals in 33 minutes during the Thunder's 99-74 win over the Heat on Sunday.

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Westbrook had 12 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals in 27 minutes during the Thunder's 113-93 win over the Timberwolves on Friday.

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2015-16

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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.