I watched a lot of games with OKC for about 3 years. I don't judge westbrook only on his game against a poor magic team but on what I saw, I see, and I think I'll see from him. I know he's not the worst nba player, he deserves to be a starter in the nba. He's a top 10 kind of guy, a showman. He's a tough player, bringing a high level of energy, a great defensive pressure and activity on the boards. He also improves on his jumpshot even if he's not consistant, he can be dangerous.
BUT that being said, everytime I watched him running his team I want to cry. This man is not and would never be a real point guard (subjectiv definition I admit). He's a small scoring athletic guard with poor offensive awareness and "collective skills". He never leaves me with the impression he knows and thinks of what he's doing, and gets his "hand" on the game.
....playing the right way, giving the ball where he should or on the player he should target, knowing how to involve his teammate : and I mean all of them, playing on different registers with change in the rythm of the game, not forcing his offense by relying way too much on his superior athlecism.
He has a very risky way of playing which could lead him to injury list. He will surely ask for a max contract when his rookie contract will end (soon...) and I don't think he could pair effectively with harden in the same backcourt.
Can westbrook really help okc to get to the finals and be a real contender ? Could okc target another pg (rondo, williams, curry...?) more adapted to their aim ?
This team doesn't need a true point guard.
The only time a team needs a true point guard is when they have players that cannot create their own shot OR they have a bigman to play pick-and-roll basketball. Durant and Harden can create their own offense and Ibaka/Perkins don't score whatsoever.
If anything, this team is at it's best when Westbrook is aggresive offensively because they are limited in their offensive weapons.
you could be his (good) lawyer... :)
but will it be enough to get the ring ?
and I think there is a real issue of him and harden (who seems so good) not able to play in the same backcourt.
i feel that westbrook does hold this team back, bc if u look at the box score last night (granted its one game and the first of the season) besides kevin durant all the starters for okc yesterday were in the negatives in plus-minus, while all the people who came off the bench were on the positive side. to me a pg is supposed to make the team bette. and people will say they dont need a true point guard and no opinion is wrong but i just feel with such an array of talent that a guy who likes to get his is not the best fit for a team like okc, or not at the pg position
He pissed me off when lastnight. he Got 5 or 6 turnovers straight. He just kept forcing the issue, when he should have calmed down and keep it simple or done the simple pass.
I honestly think that James Hardin should be running point on this team and put Westbrook on the wing
despite some very good numbers against minny I still feel the same bittersweet taste with westbrook play....
whereas he put better numbers and stats than rubio he left me with the exact opposite impression about his effectiveness towards rubio.
Rubio put some good numbers but had a so good influence on his team play and result... westbrook put some better numbers but forced so much plays he almost killed his team.