In Saturday’s win at Golden State, Westbrook’s eight steals matched the league’s season high. One of nine second-year players selected to play in Friday night’s rookie-sophomore game in Dallas, Westbrook is averaging 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and is eighth in the league in assists (7.5).
"He has a very competitive streak in him,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks
. "He’s a proud athlete. He’s only going to continue to get better.”
SIMMONS PRAISES ‘ZOMBIES’
, who wrote a 700-page book on the NBA and also writes for ESPN, calls the Thunder the Zombie Sonics, objecting to the team leaving Seattle. But in a reader’s mail bag on ESPN, Simmons insinuated he’s becoming a Thunder fan.
"This is like my 10th or 11th year with NBA Season Pass,” Simmons wrote. "I have never gotten attached to a non-Celtics team before, and I’ve never played favorites if there were multiple non-Boston games at the same time. This year? I find myself gravitating toward Zombies games night after night.
"It’s a real team. They like one another. They’re better as a group than they are as individuals. And Durant is the most special non-LeBron
talent in basketball. Not only is there nobody like him, but there’s never been anyone like him.