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For Second-Season Improvement? Ready: Westbrook has looked more confident and comfortable running the team throughout the preseason. His assists were up and his turnovers were down. The second-year point guard spent his entire off-season improving his decision-making and is adamant the hard work has paid off. For as erratic as his rookie season was, Westbrook still gave himself a lot to build on. He averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Hard to see him getting worse in his second season. ... Or not:His final stats backed up everything we saw out of Westbrook last season. He led the league in total turnovers with 274. He shot just 39 percent from the field and 27 percent from the 3-point line. Some players can drastically improve in those areas in their second season. Most cannot. Making things more challenging for Westbrook is he's a point guard who's still learning the position on the fly. That, along with the fact that he's weeks away from turning 21, indicates he's certainly in store for many more mistakes.