Washington Wizards point guard John Wall didn't hesitate when he was asked if the Thunder's Russell Westbrook is the NBA's fastest player.
“No, I'm going to say myself,” Wall said after shooting just 3 for 18 from the field in the Wizards' 103-80 loss to OKC before a sellout crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Wall wouldn't even say for certain that Westbrook was the league's second-fastest player.
“It's tough man,” said Wall, who was coming off a career-high 47 points Monday against Memphis and finished with 18 points and 12 assists against the Thunder. “There's a couple fast guys in this league. He (Westbrook) is up there, Derrick (Rose) is up there, when he's healthy. Mike Conley's pretty quick. There's a couple guys. Ty Lawson's quick. So there's a lot of guys, but I put myself first.”
Wall was still complimentary of Westbrook, admitting he is at a place in his career where Wall hopes to some day find himself.
“We're both young, athletic, fast point guards and that's very rare that you see that in this league,” Wall said. “I'm trying to take the same steps as he's taken, being an All-Star, making the playoffs and that type of thing, so that's what I'm trying to do. Give a lot of credit to how he's working and how he's helping this team.”
Thunder veteran forward Nick Collison got a technical in the fourth quarter. It was his second of the season and just the eighth in his nine-year career.
Westbrook also got slapped with a technical, his 12th of the season and 37th of his five-year career.
OKC now has 88 technical fouls on the season, which ties the Los Angeles Clippers for most in the league.