"I take pride in what I do," Westbrook said to reporters Wednesday. "I come out and play, I get the ball faster than someone else can get to it. That's just what it is. If you don't want it, I'm [gonna] get it."
ESPN.com's Royce Young shared Westbrook's full comments (warning: video contains profanity):
Westbrook is averaging 9.9 rebounds this season, which ranks 11th in the NBA and is certainly an eye-popping number for a point guard. Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons (8.2 rebounds) is the next closest at the position, and he's basically a point guard with a frame of a power forward (6'10", 230 pounds).
Some, however, have contended Westbrook inflates his numbers by hoarding rebounds late in games or stealing boards his teammates would otherwise be in position for.
Austin Tymins of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective looked at Westbrook's production from his MVP season in 2016-17, when he averaged a triple-double. Tymins found Westbrook's pursuit of rebounds didn't change significantly in blowouts, but his time between his rebounds became smaller when he got closer to his 10th board.
In effect, Westbrook appeared to prioritize hitting double-digits in rebounds but didn't go out of his way in garbage time to pad his stats. Tymins' analysis didn't account for whether there was any sort of opportunity cost to Westbrook's dogged work on the boards for the rest of the Thunder.
According to NBA.com, Oklahoma City has a 53.2 percent rebounding rate with Westbrook on the court. That number falls to 47.2 percent when he goes to the bench.