This will always be a heated discussion: who is the best point guard in the NBA?
Well, Scott Brooks mentioned his opinion during Thunder Media Day. From Royce Young of ESPN:
Thunder coach Scott Brooks believes that Russell Westbrook is the “best point guard in basketball” — and Westbrook couldn’t argue with his coach’s assessment Monday.
Brooks almost seemed eager to bestow the label on his player as the coach addressed reporters at the team’s media day.
“I believe Russell is the best point guard in basketball,” Brooks said, unprompted. “That’s happened over time. I’ve seen Russell every practice, every game, every film session, and he’s really put a lot of time into being the best point guard in basketball.”
And what does Westbrook think about this?
As you’d expect, though, Westbrook concurred with his coach’s statement.
“I do,” he said. “I’m very honored to hear him say that, but that’s how I feel. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you.”
The great ones will always say or think that they’re the best in their position and I really don’t have an issue with Westbrook saying that. I think Russell is a Top 10 player in the league and some can make the case that he’s a Top 5 player in the NBA. While the majority of people will say Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league, there are some that will say that Russ is the #1 PG. Westbrook averaged 21.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.9 steals in 46 games last season and can dominate physically on both ends. He may not be your traditional point guard but he makes a huge impact on the court.
The point guard position is as deep as ever. But Westbrook definitely is in the Top 3 of that crop. And if people agree with Brooks that Russ is #1? I won’t have much of an issue with that.
Westbrook picture courtesy of Getty Images.