Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook have followed similar developmental paths to stardom as NBA point guards:
•Parker: European gold medal winner with French under-18 national team; 2000 MVP.
•Westbrook: Role player on UCLA Final Four teams, 2007 and 2008, with Darren Collison at point guard.
•Parker: Not projected as a first-round pick, went 28th overall to the Spurs.
•Westbrook: Projected as the No. 6 overall pick, went No. 4 to the Thunder.
•Parker: Backup for four games, then took over starting point guard role. Assist/turnover ratio of 4.3:2.0.
•Westbrook: Backup for 17 games, then took over starting point guard role. Assist/turnover ratio of 5.3:3.3.
•Parker: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
•Westbrook: National NBA media.
•Parker: fifth season, makes first of six all-star teams.
•Westbrook: third season, makes first of three all-star teams.
•Parker: 2007 NBA Finals MVP; two all-NBA second team selections, one all-NBA third team.
•Westbrook: Three all-NBA second team selections.