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This may seem a little nit-picky to all the “stat guys” out there, but Westbrook showed in the playoffs how far he still has to go in his development as a point guard in this league.
Coming out of college, Westbrook was not a point guard and has been asked to become one in the NBA. Learning a new position while playing at the highest level is maybe the hardest thing to do in sports no matter the position.
But Westbrook has made an incredible adjustment to his new responsibiities and is actually a better pro than he was a collegiate player. He made his first All-Star team and was a second team All-NBA selection last year, but when the postseason rolled around, he suffered a similar fate to that of Pau Gasol.
In the playoffs, the Thunder were a hot team to pick among many analysts. Between Durant, Westbrook and the young nucleus they had, many had them making a deep run.
And to a degree they did. They made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they were outclassed by the Mavericks. Along the way, Westbrook seemed to struggle even while putting up numbers. His value as a point guard was exposed when he showed he was still an inconsistent play maker for others.
He was criticized for failing to get Durant the proper looks and for taking too many shots himself. He was even benched during a pivotal game against Memphis when coach Scott Brooks went with back-up Eric Maynor instead of Westbrook.
Since this run ended, there have been rumblings about how Westbrook can not stay in Oklahoma City with Durant, his style of play warrants him being the number one banana and how a pass first point guard would work better with the Thunder. Unless Westbrook proves these detractors wrong, this talk won't stop anytime soon.
Though a trade is unlikely, Westbrook is going to be getting a big payday soon, and he needs to show he can be the point guard the Thunder need moving forward.