Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook
31-Year-Old GuardG
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2016-17 Most Valuable Player and an eight-time All-NBA selection, Westbrook will begin his first season with a new franchise in 2019-20. He had been a member of the Thunder organization since being drafted fourth overall in 2008, but he was traded to the Rockets over the summer in exchange for, mainly, Chris Paul. Westbrook's bloated contract was thought by some to be untradable, but Houston was willing to take the chance to pair him with James Harden, another former MVP. With both players being so ball-dominant -- Harden's 40.5% usage in 2018-19 ranking No. 1 and Westbrook's 30.9% usage ranking No. 10 -- it's right for fantasy owners to wonder how the situation will affect Westbrook's role and statistics. As was the case with Paul, coach Mike D'Antoni will likely stagger Westbrook and Harden as much as possible, so it would be surprising if Westbrook saw a massive drop in numbers. The main concern with Westbrook will continue to be his shooting percentages. Westbrook is one of only two guards in the three-point era to take at least 20 shots per game while shooting worse than 45 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line in a single season -- the other being Baron Davis in 2003-04. Efficiency aside, Westbrook's raw numbers continue to fuel his fantasy value. He's averaged a triple-double for the past three seasons -- a streak Westbrook will likely try to continue for as long as possible. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $205.03 million contract extension with the Thunder in September of 2017. Traded to the Rockets in July of 2019. Contract includes $47.06 million player option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Russell Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook and Shannon Horton. He has a younger brother, Raynard. Westbrook attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California. He stood only 5-foot-8 as a freshman and did not start on the varsity team until his junior year. He sprouted to 6-foot-3 after his junior season and went on to average 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists as a senior, leading Leuzinger to a 25-4 record. That season, he recorded 14 double-doubles and registered a career-best 51 points in early January. He has won gold medals as a member of Team USA at the 2012 Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Cup. In 2012, he established the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation (https://whynotfoundation.org/). The organization's mission is "to inspire the lives of children, empower them to ask 'Why Not?' and teach them to never give up." In partnership with LA Conservation Corps, Westbrook launched the Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program in August of 2019. The program is aimed at providing digital job skills to at-risk young adults. Learn more about Westbrook by following him on Twitter and on Instagram (@russwest44).

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Westbrook's two seasons at UCLA provided glimpses of what the 6-foot-2 guard would become as a pro. As a freshman, he backed up Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo. He averaged 3.4 points in 9.0 minutes. The Bruins marched to the Final Four, but Westbrook did not play more than eight minutes in any of the games in the NCAA Tournament. The California native moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore because Collison suffered an injury. He provided 12.7 points, 4.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds and won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award. UCLA once again advanced to the Final Four, and Westbrook averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the Big Dance. The guard decided to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and apply for the 2008 NBA Draft. He was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, who then relocated to Oklahoma City six days later.

Fills stat sheet in win
GHouston Rockets
March 11, 2020
Westbrook produced 27 points (11-17 FG, 5-6 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 win over the Timberwolves.
ANALYSIS
Westbrook has scored at least 20 points in every single game since Dec. 7, so he's virtually a lock to produce decent numbers every time he steps on the hardwood. One thing to note is that he's been scoring with a lot more accuracy of late, however, as the star point guard has made 53.4 percent of his field goals in his last six games. That kind of efficiency produces a huge boost if he's scoring at a high volume.
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2018

Westbrook enjoyed another productive campaign during his 11th year in the NBA. The guard averaged a triple-double for an unprecedented third straight season behind 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per contest. The per game rebounds and assists were both career highs. He also finished the 2018-19 season fourth league-wide in steals with 1.9 per game. For the season, the explosive guard collected an eye-popping 34 triple-doubles. On Jan. 10, Westbrook dished a career-high 24 assists during a loss to San Antonio. He had 25 games with 12 or more assists. On Valentine's Day, Westbrook exploded for a season-high 44 points in a loss to the Pelicans. The veteran scored 40 or more points in five games. On Apr. 2, Westbrook tied a career high with 20 rebounds during a win over the Lakers. Westbrook, joined by Paul George, guided the Thunder to a 49-33 record and a No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. However, Westbrook's Thunder lost to Portland in the first round of the playoffs. During the series, Westbrook averaged 22.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 10.6 assists over five games. He scored 33 points during the Thunder's lone playoff win.

2017

Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the second-straight season in 2017-2018. He managed 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists in 80 games during the regular season. He led the NBA in a variety of categories, including assists, field goal attempts and turnovers. Westbrook finished seventh in the league in scoring and 10th in rebounding. Westbrook shot 44.9 percent from the floor, which was the second-best shooting mark of his career. He set a career high with 20 rebounds against Memphis on Apr. 11, collected at least 20 assists in two separate contests and, in the process, Westbrook led Oklahoma City to the playoffs. Westbrook posted back-to-back performances of at least 45 points in Games 5 and 6 of Oklahoma City's first round series against the Utah Jazz. He garnered Second-Team All-NBA status and finished fifth in MVP voting.

2016

Westbrook took his game to new heights during the 2016-17 campaign. He played in 81 games for Oklahoma City, averaging 34.6 minutes per contest. The UCLA product averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists during the campaign, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double over the course of an entire season. Westbrook also broke Robertson's single-season record by amassing 42 triple-doubles during the campaign. He posted numerous jaw-dropping stat lines during the season, including a 51-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist effort against Phoenix on Oct. 28. It was the first 50-point triple-double in the NBA since 1975. Incredibly, Westbrook achieved the feat twice more during the regular season. He was named to his sixth Western Conference All-Star squad and poured in 41 points in only 20 minutes in the February exhibition. In recognition of his dominant season, Westbrook was named to the All-NBA First Team and won his first NBA MVP award. His strong play helped Oklahoma City reach the postseason, where they faced the Houston Rockets in the first round. Though the Thunder fell in five games, Westbrook was outstanding, averaging 37.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 2.4 steals. He registered three triple-doubles in the series, including a 51-point, 10-rebound, 13-assist effort in Game 2.

2015

Westbrook had a healthy 2015-16 season after dealing with injuries over the previous two campaigns. He played in 80 games for Oklahoma City, averaging 34.4 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.5 points per game and shot 45.4 percent from the field. He set career highs with 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. Only Rajon Rondo averaged more assists over the course of the season than Westbrook. The UCLA product led the league with 18 triple-doubles and ranked second with 54 double-doubles. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, Westbrook compiled three straight triple-doubles. He repeated the feat during a three-game stretch from March 18-22. Westbrook was selected to his fifth straight All-Star Game and was named All-Star MVP for the second consecutive season with a 31-point performance that included eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. He also earned his first selection to the All-NBA First Team. In the postseason, Westbrook played in 18 games and averaged 37.4 minutes per contest as the Thunder reached the Western Conference Finals. In the playoffs, the veteran guard posted per-game averages of 26.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 2.6 steals per post-season contest.

2014

Following an injury-plagued sixth season, Westbrook began the 2014-15 campaign healthy. However, he fractured his right hand in Oklahoma City's second game and missed nearly a month of action. Westbrook was as good as ever upon his return, finishing the campaign with per-game averages of 28.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists -- all career highs. The 6-foot-4 guard's scoring average led the league while his assist mark ranked fourth. Westbrook also ranked second in the NBA with a career-high 2.1 steals per contest. He was elected to start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game and walked away with the MVP award after scoring 41 points in 26 minutes. Westbrook was also named the Western Conference Player of the Month for February, March and April as he attempted to carry the Thunder to a playoff berth. The team fell just short despite their point guard's strong play. Among Westbrook's accomplishments during the campaign were 31 double-doubles and a league-high 11 triple-doubles. He also set a career high with 54 points against Indiana on April 12 and was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the fourth time in his career.

2013

After starting every regular-season game during his first five years in the league, Westbrook opened the 2013-14 campaign recovering from surgery to his right knee. He missed the Thunder's first two games before returning to action with 21 points against Phoenix on Nov. 3. Westbrook played well through Christmas Day, when he registered a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over the Knicks. However, Westbrook's knee began to bother him again, and he was forced to undergo another surgery that kept him out of action until Feb. 20. After returning to the court, Westbrook's playing time was monitored. This resulted in a career-low 30.7 minutes per game on the season. Still, the UCLA product put up numbers in line with his previous campaigns, averaging 21.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per contest. He also set career-highs with 1.9 steals and 1.5 three-pointers per game. Westbrook's restrictions were lifted in the playoffs, and he averaged 38.7 minutes over 19 games as Oklahoma City advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In the postseason, he delivered per-game marks of 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 2.2 steals.

2012

Already one of the game's superstars, Westbrook continued to grow during his fifth NBA season. He again played in every regular season contest for Oklahoma City, marking his fifth straight year accomplishing the feat. Though his scoring average dipped slightly to 23.2 points per contest, he improved his per-game marks in rebounding (5.2), assists (7.4) and steals (1.8) over the previous campaign. Westbrook also set a career high with 1.2 three-pointers per contest. For the third straight season, he was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team and to the All-NBA Second Team. Westbrook started strong in the playoffs, scoring a combined 48 points in the first two games of Oklahoma City's opening round matchup against Houston. However, he tore his meniscus in Game 2 of the series and was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason.

2011

Russell Westbrook cemented his status as one of the game's most talented young stars during his fourth NBA season. He played in 66 games with the Thunder, averaging a career-high 35.3 minutes per contest. His scoring output increased to 23.6 points per game, and he shot 45.7 percent from the field. Both marks were the best of his career. Westbrook also posted per-game averages of 4.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals. He scored a career-high 45 points in a win over Minnesota on March 23, making 17-of-28 field-goal attempts. The 6-foot-4 guard's outstanding play earned him his second All-Star selection as well as his second placement on the All-NBA Second Team. In the postseason, Westbrook averaged 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 boards as the Thunder made it to the NBA Finals. He scored a career playoff-high 43 points, complemented by seven rebounds and five assists, in a losing effort in Game 4 of the Finals.

2010

Russell Westbrook continued to blossom in his third campaign with the OKC Thunder. The durable guard played in all 82 regular-season games for the third consecutive campaign. His scoring average jumped to a career-high 21.9 points per contest, and his 44.2 field-goal percentage was also a career best. Westbrook also averaged 4.6 rebounds, while his 8.2 assists represented a career high and ranked ninth in the league. The 2008 lottery pick continued to display his versatile skill-set, tying for 13th in the league with 31 double-doubles and falling one short of the NBA lead with three triple-doubles. He also averaged 1.9 steals, good for four in the league. In the postseason, Oklahoma City made great strides as they advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Westbrook averaged 23.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in the playoffs. His regular-season honors included his first career All-Star selection and placement on the All-NBA Second Team.

2009

For the second straight season, Russell Westbrook played in all 82 games -- each as a starter -- for Oklahoma City. He averaged 16.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 8.0 assists per contest. His per-game assists mark ranked eighth in the NBA. He produced the second triple-double of his career against Minnesota on Feb. 21, totaling 22 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. The former UCLA Bruin added 23 additional double-doubles during the campaign. Westbrook also got his first taste of the NBA postseason as Oklahoma City finished with 50 wins, more than doubling their total from the previous campaign. The Thunder were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, but Westbrook played well, posting per-game averages of 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the six-game series.

2008

Russell Westbrook was selected by the Seattle Supersonics with the fourth pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Soon thereafter, the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City and were rebranded as the Thunder. In his rookie campaign, Westbrook played in all 82 games, making 65 starts. He posted per-game averages of 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Westbrook was named the Rookie of the Month for both December and February. On March 2, he registered his first career triple-double with a 17-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist performance against Dallas. Westbrook was recognized for his outstanding play with a spot on the All-Rookie First Team and a fourth-place finish in Rookie of the Year voting.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2008
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the Seattle Supersonics.
  • January 19, 2012
    Signed a five-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • August 4, 2016
    Signed a three-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • September 29, 2017
    Signed a five-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • July 16, 2019
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2024 1st round draft pick, a 2025 1st round draft pick and a 2026 1st round draft pick.
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Coming off a 2016-17 MVP season where he averaged a 30-point triple-double, Westbrook was joined by Paul George and Carmelo Anthony last year. Though he still managed to average a triple-double and lead the league in assists, Westbrook saw his scoring average drop by 6.2 points, largely a product of taking just under three fewer shots per game. He also regressed as a three-point and free-throw shooter, losing 4.5 percent on his threes and 10.8 percent on his freebies. On a couple positive notes, he committed 57 fewer turnovers and swiped 15 more steals on the season despite playing one fewer game than in 2016-17. Over the summer, general manager Sam Presti traded Anthony and his 15.0 shots per game for Dennis Schroder. Schroder averaged 17.1 shots last season, but was the No. 1 option for the tanking Hawks, and will likely transition into a sixth-man role with lower usage in OKC. This is all to ask the question: Will Westbrook trend closer to his MVP production with Melo elsewhere? It’s an answer we won't get until we're in the season. But, considering he’s missed just five games in three years and is a walking triple-double, Westbrook is a no-brainer first-round Fantasy pick. The optimists who believe Melo’s departure will open things up can justify taking Westbrook in the top five.
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, and many more to boot. But with that season done and in the history books, can he do it again? The offseason acquisition of Paul George suggests that Westbrook will at least be less inclined to average a triple-double again since Westbrook won’t likely have to will a lackluster supporting cast to victory each and every night like what took place last season. While averaging another triple-double seems unlikely, he’s right in the middle of his prime and should still be widely sought after as the No. 1 draft pick across most Fantasy formats. Those not inclined to use the first overall pick on Westbrook are probably alarmed by the 5.3 turnovers he averaged last season, the fact that his field-goal percentage fell short of the league average by 3.2 percent, or adverse effects overall from the addition of George. After setting career highs in points (31.6 -- previously 28.1), rebounds (10.7 -- previously 7.8), and three-pointers (2.5 -- previously 1.5), there's a decent chance the 28-year-old takes a step back in those three categories in particular, though he'll still be one of the top Fantasy options in what's expected to be another spectacular season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Westbrook put up 24 points (9-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 126-106 loss to the Magic.
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Westbrook won't play the front end of the back-to-back set Saturday against the Hornets but will suit up Sunday versus the Magic, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Grabs 15 rebounds
GHouston Rockets
March 6, 2020
Westbrook notched 29 points (11-27 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 15 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 120-105 loss to the Clippers.
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Inefficient in loss
GHouston Rockets
March 3, 2020
Westbrook registered 24 points (9-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and one block in 37 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss at New York.
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Big scoring on efficient shooting
GHouston Rockets
February 29, 2020
Westbrook accumulated 41 points (16-27 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 8-12 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and three steals during Saturday's 111-110 overtime victory over the Celtics.
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