This season is the start of the future powerhouse of the league. This season is the emergence of one super-star and the rising of a star side-kick. This is the season where a certain player shuts up all the critiques and makes a name for himself, not just his star teammate.
This certain player came into the league having to play a whole new position he never played. He came into the league as a shooting guard and was forced to lead the second youngest team in the league at the one position.
After having a typical rookie season, fans wanted Ricky Rubio. They wanted him bad. However, after a stellar season so far, for both the team and this player, the Rubio situation is long gone and the city is ready for this player to run the offense for the next 10-13 years.
He's the first franchise player since Gary Payton to score 30+ points and 13+ assists in a game.
The mystery player is none other than Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook will be the best point guard in the league in three years. Yes, I said it. He will be better than Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, the future phenom John Wall, and the other 26 starting point guards in the league.
Why do I say that? Because he has the potential to have every elite attribute that a point guard needs.
As of right now, he competes with Barbosa with the quickest in the league. His on-court vision is insane. He sees passing lanes just as good as anyone in the league apart from Steve Nash. He drives the ball into the lane just as well as Derrick Rose. The only area he needs to improve in is his three ball.
However, with his amazing ability to use his speed and drive into the lane, it creates either an easy layup for him or an easy dish out to a teammate. It just so happens that the easy dish seems to be to Kevin Durant or Jeff Green the majority of the time.
Also, Westbrook has an outstanding future surrounding cast that will help his stats incredibly, assist wise. For the past year and a half, he's had great passes only to see a shot by a teammate not fall, apart from Durant.
Since Westbrook is only 21, he has a bright future and the potential as good as anyone in the league.
My only wish for the community is to have more Thunder games televised nationally so the entire country can see how fun he is to watch play.
It's disappointing that ESPN, TNT, and other networks don't think the Thunder is worthy of a shot.
I know everyone who reads this will continue to say that Chris Paul or Deron Williams will hold the belt for best point guard in the league for the rest of their respected careers.
And you might be right.
It's just too easy to get excited knowing the potential and talent Westbrook has. Plus, it doesn't help knowing that he's going to have an all-star cast surrounding him for a long time.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Westbrook's performance since Christmas is strictly a coincidence. No way.
Agree to disagree? Agree to disagree.
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