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OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's report card

by Anthony Slater Published: June 10, 2014
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With great ability comes great responsibility. Westbrook’s ceiling is so high on this end, his top-level effort so disruptive to opponents, that once you’ve seen it, it’s hard not to criticize him when it’s lacking. Coming out of college, he was known as a defensive stopper. And at times, including most of the Spurs series, he shows it. But for a guy who says the All-Defensive Team is one of his biggest goals, it’s something that must be more consistent.

Maturity: B-

He still has his immature bouts with the media, sniping at reasonable questions and shooting glaring, distasteful looks. He still whines a bit too much toward referees during frustrating games. But overall, Westbrook showed plenty of on-court maturity this past season. The injury troubles seemed to humble him a bit. He’s more receptive to suggestions from teammates, channels his energy in better ways, plays with more control more frequently. Still a pain to deal with after games, Westbrook has never been more a pain for opponents to deal with during games. And part of that is because, on the court, he seems to be growing up.