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Let me make something clear—as of right now, I would take Kevin Love as the player for the future, but if I have a do-or-die game tomorrow, I essentially need Paul Pierce's game to win.
Pierce is as gritty as they come. He's had the best career out of the three top candidates, but remember that this is all about right now and not overall careers, as evidenced in the Gerald Wallace over Ben Wallace selection out east in Alabama.
So where exactly does Russell Westbrook fit into the mix?
I honestly believe he's the best all-around player from California. He's quick, he's tough, he can defend and we all know he has confidence. If we didn't before, the 2011 postseason was enough proof. Westbrook was tossing up shots like a partier would toss them back on a Friday night.
It might change very soon, but for now I'd go with Westbrook over any of the other many viable options. He has really impressed me over the past two seasons, earning two All-Star bids and a second-team All-NBA nod in the process.
Let's for a second assume that we could start a team with the below players. A starting five like Westbrook/Ray Allen/Pierce/Love/Brook Lopez could beat any NBA team any given night. Toss in a Jason Kidd/Arron Afflalo/James Harden/Tyson Chandler/Brandon Jennings/Landry Fields/Nick Young bench, and you're virtually unstoppable. That franchise would win 75 games. While we're on an unfortunate hiatus, let's call them the Californians and have them play in, say, San Diego.
How dominant would they be?
Honorable Mention: Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Arron Afflalo, Brook Lopez, Jason Kidd, Brandon Jennings, James Harden, Tyson Chandler, Andre Miller, Landry Fields, Nick Young
All-Time: Bill Walton