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2017-18 NBA Stats

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20.1

REB

8.7

AST

9.7

STL

1.9

BLK

0.1

2017-18 NBA ROS Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Westbrook racked up accolades at an alarming rate last season in his first year without the accompaniment of Kevin Durant. Most Valuable Player, First-Team All-NBA, sixth consecutive All-Star Game, averaged a triple-double for the first time since Oscar Robertson in 1962, an...

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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 tallied 22 points (6-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 16 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals in 38 minutes during Monday's 114-107 loss to New Orleans.

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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 81 34.6 31.6 10.7 10.4 1.6 0.4 2.5 42.5 84.5 5.4 1.7 9.0 7.2 34.3 10.2 24.0 8.8 10.4
2017-18 28 OKC 16 34.6 20.1 8.7 9.7 1.9 0.1 1.6 39.4 71.0 4.5 1.3 7.4 5.0 32.5 7.0 17.8 4.4 6.3
Rest Of Season Projections 29 OKC 65 34.2 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
2017-18 Projections 29 OKC 80 34.3 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 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 36.3 19.3 10.0 9.3 2.3 0.0 1.3 31.5 90.9 3.0 2.0 8.0 5.3 25.0 5.7 18.0 6.7 7.3
Last 14 Days 7 35.4 20.0 8.3 7.4 2.7 0.0 1.6 33.6 83.7 3.9 1.6 6.7 5.4 28.9 6.3 18.7 5.9 7.0
Last 30 Days 14 34.7 21.0 8.3 9.3 2.1 0.1 1.8 39.5 73.3 4.1 1.2 7.1 5.3 33.8 7.4 18.6 4.5 6.1
Last 5 Games 5 35.2 21.4 7.8 8.2 2.6 0.0 1.6 35.2 90.2 3.4 1.4 6.4 4.8 33.3 6.2 17.6 7.4 8.2
Last 10 Games 10 34.9 19.6 8.0 8.2 2.2 0.0 1.7 35.1 77.0 3.9 1.3 6.7 5.7 29.8 6.6 18.8 4.7 6.1

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Russell Westbrook
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Nov 20 @NOP 114-107 39 22 16 12 3 0 3 6 19 8 10 2 7 3 13 3
Nov 17 @SAS 104-101 38 15 9 9 0 0 2 5 22 5 5 0 4 3 6 3
Nov 15 CHI 92-79 32 21 5 7 4 0 4 6 13 7 7 2 5 0 5 3
Nov 12 DAL 112-99 33 27 6 5 3 0 4 6 18 12 13 3 5 0 6 2
Nov 10 LAC 120-111 34 22 3 8 3 0 4 8 16 5 6 1 3 1 2 3
Nov 9 @DEN 102-94 35 13 7 5 3 0 3 6 22 0 3 1 6 4 3 2
Nov 7 @SAC 94-86 37 20 12 6 3 0 7 7 21 4 5 2 8 0 12 2
Nov 5 @POR 103-99 36 25 6 9 2 0 2 10 25 2 7 3 10 0 6 4
Nov 3 BOS 94-101 38 19 6 11 1 0 6 7 20 2 2 3 7 1 5 5
Oct 31 @MIL 91-110 27 12 10 10 0 0 4 5 12 2 3 0 2 1 9 2
Oct 28 @CHI 69-101 28 12 13 13 2 0 2 5 13 2 3 0 2 2 11 2
Oct 27 @MIN 119-116 37 27 8 9 2 0 8 10 18 6 8 1 3 1 7 5
Oct 25 IND 114-96 35 28 10 16 3 0 7 10 18 6 10 2 4 1 9 3
Oct 22 MIN 113-115 37 31 5 10 0 1 2 12 24 2 4 5 8 0 5 0
Oct 21 @UTA 96-87 36 6 13 9 2 0 7 2 11 1 4 1 5 2 11 2
Oct 19 NYK 105-84 33 21 10 16 0 1 7 7 12 7 10 0 1 2 8 4
Russell Westbrook Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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In 2017-18, Russell Westbrook has a true shooting percentage of 48.9%.

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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 81 36.0 32.9 11.1 10.8 1.7 0.4 2.6 42.5 84.5 5.6 1.8 9.3 7.5 34.3 10.6 24.9 9.1 10.8
2017-18 28 OKC 16 36.0 20.9 9.0 10.1 2.0 0.1 1.7 39.4 71.0 4.7 1.4 7.7 5.2 32.5 7.3 18.5 4.6 6.5
Rest Of Season Projections 29 OKC 65 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 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 81 2802 2558 864 840 132 31 200 42.5 84.5 438 137 727 583 34.3 824 1941 710 840
2017-18 28 OKC 16 553 321 139 155 31 2 26 39.4 71.0 72 21 118 80 32.5 112 284 71 100
Rest Of Season Projections 29 OKC 65 2222 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
2017-18 Projections 29 OKC 80 2744 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 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 81 34.6 55.4 47.6 23.4 12.2 1.9 33.8
2017-18 28 OKC 16 34.6 48.9 44.0 27.9 13.0 2.2 23.4
Rest Of Season Projections 29 OKC 65 34.2 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Russell Westbrook
2017-18 Projections 29 OKC 80 34.3 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Russell Westbrook

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

Westbrook posted 15 points (5-22 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds and nine assists across 38 minutes in Friday's 104-101 loss to the Spurs

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Westbrook posted 21 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and four steals across 32 minutes in Wednesday's 92-79 win over the Bulls.

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Westbrook scored 27 points (6-18 FG, 3-5 3PT, 12-13 FT) to go along with six rebounds, five assists and three steals over 32 minutes in Sunday's 112-99 win over Dallas.

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Westbrook posted 22 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and three steals across 34 minutes in Friday's 120-11 win over the Clippers.

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Westbrook scored 13 points (6-22 FG, 1-6 3PT, 0-3 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals across 35 minutes in Thursday's 102-94 loss to Denver.

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Westbrook scored 20 points (7-21 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 94-86 loss to the Kings.

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Westbrook tallied 25 points (10-25 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-7 FT), nine assists, six rebounds and two steals across 36 minutes in Sunday's 103-99 loss to the Trail Blazers.

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Wrstbrook scored 19 points (7-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 11 assists, six rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes during Friday's 101-94 loss to the Celtics.

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Westbrook contributed 12 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds and nine assists across 27 minutes during a 110-91 win over the Bucks on Tuesday.

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Westbrook went for 12 points (5-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and two steals in 28 minutes during Saturday's 101-69 win against the Bulls.

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Westbrook posted 27 points (10-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals across 37 minutes in Friday's 119-116 loss to the Timberwolves.

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Westbrook finished with 28 points (10-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 16 assists, 10 rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 114-96 win over Indiana.

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2017-18

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2016-17

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 last season with Durant back to full health, but the point guard somehow managed to outdo himself. While his scoring average dropped to 23.5 points, Westbrook upped his efficiency from the field (45.4%) and set career-best marks in assists (10.4 per game) and rebounds (6.0). He also chipped in 2.0 steals and 1.3 treys per appearance. The jump in dimes and boards helped Westbrook accrue 54 double-doubles and an NBA-leading 18 triple-doubles, making him a feature of many winning fantasy rosters. Following Durant’s surprising decision to bolt for the Warriors in July, Westbrook figures to revert to production similar to what he offered in 2014-15, though the Thunder roster should be a little more balanced this time around. The addition of Victor Oladipo and the presence of improving bigs in Enes Kanter and Steven Adams gives Westbrook some weapons to keep involved with the offense, but despite coach Billy Donovan's comments to the contrary this summer, the team largely figures to crest and fall as Westbrook does. After agreeing to a restructured contract and extension with the Thunder in August that will keep him in Oklahoma City through 2018-19, Westbrook is officially a foundational player for the organization. It's fairly safe to assume that he'll top the league in usage this season after consistently finding himself among the league leaders even when Durant around. The likelihood that Westbrook will have to settle for tougher shot attempts and assume even more ball-handling responsibilities will almost certainly translate into a drop in his shooting percentages and a rise in his turnover rate, but a counting stats bonanza would more than make up for it. He's an easy top-five pick in both eight- and nine-category leagues.

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.