Rook Check: Westbrook Making His Mark
Russell Westbrook is quickly becoming one of my favorite NBA Rookies. Sunday night he helped the Oklahoma City Thunder collect their first ever victory as an NBA franchise. Westbrook made his mark on the contest by pressuring the ball on defense and pushing the ball on offense. Westbrook finished the contest with 14 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 25 minutes of play and led an OKC second half comeback.
I know this has been said before, but Westbrook reminds me so much of Boston's Rajon Rondo it's not even funny. They both play aggressive pressure defense, push the ball at break neck speed, and finish at the rim with great efficiency. Their bodies even look the same (Point guard's body, Small forward's wingspan, broad shoulders). Rondo is a better rebounder than Westbrook, but Westbrook has that outside shooting touch that most Rondo still lacks.
After the jump, take a look at Westbrook's impact on Sunday night's contest.