Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  25 responses

Kevin Durant: Russell Westbrook is a Top 10 Player in the NBA

According to Kevin Durant, his teammate Russell Westbrook (fresh off signing a lucrative, long-term extension with the OKC Thunder) is one of the ten best players in the NBA. From the Oklahoman: “Kevin Durant on Saturday said Russell Westbrook deserves the maximum five-year contract that will pay him approximately $80 million. It’s a contract that will keep Westbrook in a Thunder uniform through the 2016-17 season and teammates with Durant through at least 2015-16. ‘I’m excited for Russell. He’s worked so hard,’ Durant said. ‘A lot of people wrote him off. When we drafted him, people kind of didn’t know what was going on. We took him fourth. But he’s matured into a top five point guard in this league; top 10 player in this league, I think. The stuff he’s doing is kind of unreal. If you’ve looked at the games he’s played, some of his best games are like video game numbers.’ Durant said he was unsure which direction the franchise was going when it took so long to hammer out the deal. The organization had until Wednesday to come to terms with Westbrook on a deal or the All-Star point guard would have become a restricted free agent this summer. Durant now calls the contract ‘a monkey off (Westbrook’s) back.’”

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  • Bravo

    Lol maybe if Kevin is talking about his athletic skills. I don’t see westbrook anywhere near top 10!

  • Bravo

    No way he is not

  • quest

    hes not crazy but probably not. if u count your top ten players he might end up being like 12th or something because certian guys arent playing well this year. he really is good people just see and talk about his bad games for some reason

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    They’re teammates. End of story.

  • AD

    its a good argument, plus what do you expect his teamate to say….. Haters gon hate

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  • biggieman

    Westbrook had nearly identical statistics as (MVP) Derrick Rose last season. He is the most athletic player in the L and has one of the biggest upsides. I don’t understand how everyone hates one him so hard… I know he has some questionable decision making sometimes but doesn’t anyone remember him carrying OKC in the playoffs on some of KD’s off nights? Or his triple double in the last game against MEM? Westbrook is easily a top ten player right now, and he’s still just learning to be a PG. Watch for him and Durant as 2 of the best 5 in the league in the next couple seasons.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Not yet.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s “easily a top 10 player” lol. sure. Just as easily as he’s “better” then Deron Williams. gtfoh

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    Durant was probably thinking “If I dont say he’s top 10, I won’t see the ball again until 2017. Cant have Russ spazzing out! Damn!”

  • Bimmer

    See look, they’re buds.

  • Bimmer

    I said he’s a top 5 point guard and a top 10 player. So is he saying there are 4 more point guards in the top 10 players. Or is he saying Russ is a better player than point guard? Which is probably the case.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t think he had lists in his head. And he didn’t say he was specifically the 5th best PG.

  • Ballislove

    Def not a top PG

  • J.C.

    If you were going to sit down and make a list of the best players in the NBA you’d probably rank him outside the top 10, but on any given night Russ has the ability to play as well as or better than anyone you’d rank ahead of him. In that sense he’s one of the top players in the L, but if you were going to try and lay everyone out on a numbered list there’d be a few players most people would have ahead of him. I get where KD is coming from though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    wasn’t westbrook 2nd team all-nba last year? so top top should be considered a crazy idea. I really hope that the people that r saying that d-will is better than westbrook are not the same ones that murder k-love for being on a crappy team and therefor having inflated numbers. (not that i’m saying that westbrokk is better than d-will, but if we r going to penalize good players on bad teams lets be fair all the way around)

  • robb

    I didn’t know KD could be that sarcastic.

  • Chukaz

    Russell Westbrook is better than KD. KD’s a scorer who can’t really create his offense like Kobe, Bron, Melo, and Wade can. He’s more in a Ray Allen mold, but way taller and a bit of a better ball handler, but he sucks at getting open. If Durant learned to get open, Westbrook could average 12 assists. As is, the Thunder NEED Westbrook to bail them out cuz they start 3 non-scorers and their best scorer’s not good at getting open. PG’s the deepest position in the L and Westbrook beast everybody he faces night in and night out except for Westbrook and Westbrook’s the one point guard that Rose can’t beast. How can people think that rose is top 5, and maybe the best, but westbrook, who’s basically the same player, but more physical with less of a perimeter shot, isn’t top 10. There aren’t 10 players in the league that are better.

  • https://webfiles.uci.edu/lcoon/cbafaq/salarycap99.htm nbk

    Chukaz is Rich Bucher.

  • http://slamonline house

    KD sucks at getting open? You don’t mean the KD in the NBA do you? Right. You must mean the KD in some other league. And sorry if you think Westbrook is better than KD you need to put down the pipe. Now. This is not to say that Westbrook is a bad player, in fact I think he is very good but just not a top 10 player. But having said that I feel that if he continues to improve on both sides of the ball he will be.

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  • kantankruz

    Top 10, maybe. Top 15, definatley.

  • Justin G.

    Not in any particulr order: Rose, CP3, MAYBE DWill, Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Durant, Howard, Dirk, and I guess Melo. Who is Westbrook replacing in that top 10 when everyone is healthy?

  • Mooney10

    CP3, Rose, Rondo, Westbrook, who else is in the top 5 for point guards?