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Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks believes that Russell Westbrook is the best point guard in the league, and his star PG agrees with him.
Brooks was defiant in his opinion, despite the fact that the point guard position is blessed with numerous talents across the league both in the Western and Eastern Conferences.
Westbrook faces competition from the likes of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose and Tony Parker for that title, but his Thunder coach doesn’t believe that there is any another choice at all.
“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.”
It is to be expected that Westbrook would agree with the assessment made by his coach, as not only does a player in his position have to have confidence in his own ability, but it would undoubtedly seem odd not to consider yourself the best in your role given the improvement and development that Westbrook has made.
When asked if he agreed, Westbrook responded: “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 25-year-old insisted that he has always had that mindset even in his rookie season, and considers himself the best player on the floor every time he takes to the court even though he plays alongside the reigning league MVP, Kevin Durant.
However, Westbrook has suffered setbacks in recent times due to injury after undergoing three procedures on his knee in a nine-month span. Nevertheless, that didn’t prevent him from averaging 21.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game in the 2013/14 season.
Furthermore, he improved on those figures in the post-season after going up to 26.7 points, 8.1 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 19 playoffs games, however part of that can also be seen as a criticism of the Thunder who rely heavily on both Westbrook and Durant to lead them offensively.
While many will still select Paul as their number one point guard in the NBA, Westbrook went on to concede that he is more concerned with taking the necessary steps to help the Thunder win a championship.