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Rose Key Advantages: Finishing at the basket, driving the lane, being the primary scorer, leadership
Westbrook Key Advantage: Dunking in traffic, rebounding
Rose vs: 19.5 ppg, 7.5 apg, 34.1% fg
Westbrook vs: 21.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.5 apg, 45.5% fg
The pick of Russell Westbrook with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 was questioned by many, including myself. Many asked whether a player who had been known as a combo—guard in college could find a niche in the NBA at the point guard position. What we have learned is that no matter what position you want to put him at, Russell Westbrook is a very good player.
Westbrook's main strengths are based around attacking the basket and balancing the playmaking responsibilities, which also are Rose's main strengths. However, Westbrook just does everything a little bit better than Westbrook, while also being the best player on his team. Even if you haven't bought into the Kevin Durant hype, he's still the best player on the team. Derrick Rose on the other hand is clearly the best player on the Chicago Bulls.
Verdict: Derrick Rose is just a better overall player than Russell Westbrook