Dec. 04, 2016
Is Russell Westbrook the best point guard in the NBA?
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the talk of the NBA right now, rightfully so. This man is averaging 30.9 points, 11.3 assists, and 10.3 rebounds per game. Those are insane numbers and he deserves all the attention he is getting. How long do you think before Lebron James gets envious? Just kidding, but with the emergence of the spectacular play of Westbrook, is he finally the best point guard in the NBA?
For years many believed that that title belonged to Chris Paul and when Chris Paul's shine started to fade a bit (don't get me wrong I still believe this man is a terrific point guard), Stephen Curry assumed the throne and took over as the best point guard in the NBA. But now it may finally be Westbrook's turn to hold that spot light.
This may be highly debatable, but for now the conversation for the best point guard in the NBA stems between the three point guards that have been mentioned already. Cleveland Cavaliers fan, don't worry Kyrie Irving will get there soon, but he's not right now. Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry are tier one in NBA point guards. Let's see how the other two match with Westbrook.
Chris Paul is currently averaging 17.5 points and 8.6 assists per game. Those are great stats, but that's his lowest bassist averages since his rookie year and his third lowest points per game average in his career. Chris Paul has definitely taken a step back, but he's getting older so it is to be expected. With Westbrook currently beating him in every statistical category (besides steals), Chris Paul may be falling behind Westbrook in the best point guard race.
Teaming with Kevin Durant may get him more titles, but Stephen Curry may not have that shine that he used to. In fact, most of the attention stemming from the Warriors have been centered around Durant so far. Curry is averaging 26.6 points per game and 6 assists per game, which isn't too far off from his averages last year, but are not as impactful as last year. Curry shot is still money as he is shooting 49 percent from the field, 42 from three and 90+ from the free throw line. Curry is still in contention for the best point guard and he still may be, but Westbrook is playing on another level and if he keeps this up, Westbrook can overcome him.
By now you can tell I am a little undecided on whether or not Westbrook is the best point guard in the NBA. The articles have a lot of "may" and it is not so much the play of Curry and Paul, but the play of Westbrook himself. Sometimes you have to look at everything and even with the numbers he is putting up, Westbrook's Thunder is still losing. Westbrook is still playing erratically and his shot selection and play making down the stretch hurt him. With Paul's ability to see the floor and Curry's ability to play so well off the ball (an underrated aspect of his game), Westbrook lags behind in IQ. IQ is an essential part of being a great point guard and Curry and Paul surpasses him in that aspect. Which is why this debate is a little harder with Westbrook.
To give a definitive answer, I believe that Westbrook is not the best point guard in the NBA, but he's so close that it can change at any point during the season. If Westbrook learns to play with control and watches his mistakes (he doesn't like to watch film), he will be a lethal player and not only be the best point guard in the league, but a top 3 player as well.
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