MEMPHIS — Scott Brooks has inserted rookie point guard Russell Westbrook into the starting lineup tonight in place of Earl Watson, marking the No. 4 overall pick’s first career start.
Chris Wilcox will replace Nick Collison as the Thunder’s starting center.
“We want to continue to look at different lineups,” Brooks said. “And I’ve said earlier that everything is going to evolve. We’re going to look at how guys play in different roles. Nothing is set in stone. We believe all of our guys have an important part in what they bring to the team. Tonight, we’re going with a different look. I just feel like we need to evaluate different lineups.”
Brooks said there is no timetable on how long he’d stick with this new look lineup, saying only “for a while.”