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OKC Thunder: Comparing Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker

by Berry Tramel Published: May 28, 2014
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Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook have followed similar developmental paths to stardom as NBA point guards:

PRE-NBA

•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.

DRAFT

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.

ROOKIE YEAR

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.

BIGGEST CRITIC

Parker: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Westbrook: National NBA media.

ALL STAR

Parker: fifth season, makes first of six all-star teams.

Westbrook: third season, makes first of three all-star teams.

HONORS

Parker: 2007 NBA Finals MVP; two all-NBA second team selections, one all-NBA third team.

Westbrook: Three all-NBA second team selections.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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