Russell Westbrook Is The Next Steve Francis
I've been so impress with Russell Westbrook this season. I thought the Thunder was crazy taking him with the 4th pick, when Jerryd Bayless, Brook Lopez, and Eric Gordon was still on the board, and especially since they never worked him out, but their risk payed off. He's having a stellar season. I didn't think he would be this good, so fast or even pan out to be much of a NBA player. He went from a raw defensive player, with crazy hops in college, to a emerging star in the NBA. Westbrook is averaging 15 points, nearly 5 boards, 5 assists, and steal a game. He may not have good shooting percentages, but he's young and he'll eventually learn how to shoot. This kid dropped 33 points on Jason Kidd, in the Thunder's first meeting against the Mavericks, and then he followed that up with a triple double in the second meeting, in a victory, without Kevin Durant or Jeff Green playing. I compare him to Steve Francis (Houston Rockets days). There both 6'3, got a ton of athleticism, are both combo guards, are both versatile players, lack a consistent jumper, have a lighting quick first step, and are both great rebounders for their size. I think Westbrook has more upside than OJ Mayo and a lot of the other guards in his draft class, except Derrick Rose. Mayo just scores and that's about it, the most assists he'll get in a game is about 5 and he rarely ever boards. There's a lot of games Mayo will only finish with 19 or 20 points, with 2 boards, 2 assists, and maybe 1 steal. Westbrook on the on the otherhand, fiils the stat sheets and is a very good defensive player, at such a young age. The sky is the limit for him, if he ever learns how to shoot.
The steve francis comparison is legit,except francis was a better shooter and ball handler. He is going to be a top pg in the future though,he is too athletic to not be. But dont think mayo's production will be centered around just scoring. He is a nice defender who will eventually be a 2 steals per game player by next year. He will have 20 ppg 5 reb and about 5 assists by either next season or his 3rd year. He is an all around player so dont sleep on him just yet.
I've said this many a times and will stand by it that OJ Mayo will be the greatest player to come out of the 08 draft Class. Not Michael Beasley, Not Derrick Rose, Not Eric Gordan, Not Russel Westbrook, or even Jerryd Bayless. I'm not arguing that any of these players are flops (I'm sure the Marcus Fizer, Kenyon Martin Comparisons for Beasley may come around soon enough though,) but I truly believe Mayo isn't just the flamboyant score all combo guard that a good 80% this country believes he is to be. I'm not saying Westbrook isn't a sexy pick up in any league next season, because he truly is. For me however I've build a fantasy monster in my keeper league around Rose, Mayo, Durant, Chalmers, and Now Jordan Hill next season. The biggest stat that had me sold over Mayo is one that everybody's knows. As a 7th grader he led his schools varsity team to a state championship. Did Wesbrook do that? I'm going to go out on a limb and think not. I'm not too sold on the Steven Francis Comparison as Francis was at one point a 6-7apg guy which I don't think Westbrook can maintain in a seasonal format. When you break down the numbers I think Westbrook is a smaller guard oriented Andre Iguodala. When you break down the numbers are very similiar.
I'm not so sure. These are some awful lofty expectations for Russell Westbrook (Steve Francis) and Blake Griffin (Shawn Kemp) in my opinion. No doubt Westbrook has insane athleticism but he's just too inconsistent for my liking. One day he'll drop 8 assists, then 5, 3, 8, 7, 3, 4. Sure he rebounds well thanks to his athleticism but I'm not too fond of combo guards especially when they can't shoot. Usually a combo is a shooting guard in a point guard's body but in my eyes he's neither a shooting guard or a point guard just a basketball player. He's got to fit somewhere on the floor so they obviously pencil him at point but he's not the floor general type nor will he light it up with his shooting so I think he's adequate. Defensively, he'll thrive because the majority of point guards can't match up with his athletic gifts. Except for Derrick Rose, whom is bound to be one of the best five players in the league some day. Westbrook is talented no doubt but to say that he has more upside than Mayo is going out on a limb. Mayo is 10 times more polished shooting the ball than Westbrook, his defense is above average and his work ethic is ridiculous so he's like Kobe in that regard that if he spots a flaw in his game he'll work to perfect it. I think he'll learn how to distribute the ball better once he's comfortable with knowing where his teammates like the ball and the spacing of the NBA game. Rose and Mayo are surefire MVP candidates some day. Don't know if I can say the same about Westbrook.
westbrook has been such a beast lately. he has all those tools you like to see in a player, just someone who has a really wide skill set which allows him to contribute in a lot of different ways. that's what i love about him, he's one of those guys who can do a variation of things to make an impact and not necessarily have the numbers every single game out. he's also a late bloomer for sure cuz he hardly got any nat'l attention coming out of high school. i think his only other big offers outside UCLA were a few mid-majors and maybe some other decent west coast schools. i definitely agree that he is gonna be a great player cuz he's taken a leading role for the thunder in the absence of their top 2 guys. about mayo: they do say he wants to try playing point so i def. think he'll start passing more. i remember coming into the draft last yr one knock ppl had against him was the fact that they thought he didn't have as much upside or room for big improvement. at least i saw that somewhere. but he's a rigorous worker so i agree with youngfresh on that point.
yea he surprised me in the summer leauge i didnt kno he had the offensive game he has
i thought he was gone b like rondo
but he will b much better
hes faster and stronger then rondo
n taller then francis
he will b a good player
thunder have great scouts
i agree with auber totally and i also think mayo is a good rebounder he did have like a 15 rebound game this season...and if you look at stats westbrook is only better in assists , each and every other stat is the same or mayo is better.
I think we should leave it as the comparison that has already been said, that he is a poor mans Dwayne Wade. They are both combo guards, are super athletic, and had similar stats their rookie seasons. The only difference is that Wade is a better shooter and has that killer instinct. The bad thing is that we won't get to see Westbrook flourish because he is still going to be second fiddle to Durant, unlike Wade who had the Heat to himself after his rookie season.
i saw them play each other
rondo couldnt keep up wit him
on fast break and it was hard to keep up wit him off the dribble
nore could rondo keep up wit arraon brooks
and westbrook look 6'4
but they got him listed at 6'3
and steve francis is a good persion to compare to
especially wat that state line westbrook got
but do west brook got a cross over game like the franchise???
i only saw him play a couple times
I have to agree with A Stock on this one. There is no way that westbrook is faster than rondo! I have also seen then play. Rondo played Westbrook strait up and did not seem to slow down. I'll give you that Westbrook can definately jump higher no question. But to say he's faster? No way!
Yo this is my man right here i dont see him as a steve francis i see him as a Monta Ellis/Dwayne Wade. He can go to the line at will his speed makes no sense he jumps out the building he can go up and dunk on anyone and on any given night he can go off for 20-25 points with about 6 steals. If the Thunder get a good veteran and a good big man they could be a playoff team soon. I would like to see them get Brad Miller and a veteran like Richard Hamilton i know its not likely but if this happens Durant,Westbrook,Green,Hamilton and Miller could go far.
You guys act like being compared to Steve Francis is a compliment. Steve Francis had a good run for about 4 years and then he fell completely off the face of the earth. Let's hope Westbrook has a better career.
he fell off because injury
yes i see comparisons, they are amazing good rebounders like PGs..I hope Westbrook will have 25ppg7rpg7apg2spg after some years in his prime
he will never ever see those numbers B-Easy, he's not that good. Maybe 20, 5, and 5.
this numbers was last month, and for 20yrs old rookie 16 5 5 is really good, i think 20 5 5 will be his sophmore numbers
Yeah I think he can put up 20, 5 , and 5, but the numbers you just said are LeBron, Kobe, and D-Wade numbers, and he is nowhere near that level