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Sport Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook will go down as 'second-best' point guard ever after Magic Johnson

03:30  05 may  2021
03:30  05 may  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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izards head coach Scott Brooks began his postgame press conference on Monday night remarking how he was running out of words to describe Russell Westbrook , who had minutes earlier become the first player in NBA history to have at least 24 assists and 21 rebounds in a single game. "I used to always say he's going to probably go down as the third- best point guard ever , but I think he's passed one and he's going to go down as probably the second - best . One is obviously Magic [ Johnson ].

After the game, Wizards coach Scott Brooks only added fuel to the fire by making a rather bold claim, suggesting that Russ could end up as the 2 nd greatest point guard ever . What Westbrook has been able to do this season, and throughout his career, has been nothing short of amazing. Without a Championship to his name, Westbrook will always be lacking one key achievement and one that many of history's greatest point guards have done. Still, ring or no ring, Westbrook deserves to be celebrated for his talent, and it seems Twitter is finally getting around to that idea.

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Russell Westbrook is in the middle of one of the best stretches of his career. Over his last 29 games, he has averaged 23.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 12.7 assists per game to help carry the Washington Wizards back into playoff contention. He has 24 triple-doubles in that span alone, more than all but 21 players in NBA history have in their entire careers, and the 30-35 Wizards are now comfortably in possession of the Eastern Conference's No. 10 seed as a result.

Westbrook has publicly grumbled about the lack of credit he has received for his recent stretch, telling reporters that he is pretty sure "if everybody could do it, they would do it." Well, Westbrook's longtime coach, Scott Brooks, went above and beyond in giving his point guard the praise that others haven't. On Monday, he called Westbrook the second-best point guard in NBA history (via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington).

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Brooks calls Westbrook second - best PG ever originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea. Wizards head coach Scott Brooks began his postgame press conference on Monday night remarking how he was running out of words to describe Russell Westbrook , who had minutes earlier become the first player in NBA history to have at least 24 assists and 21 rebounds in a single game. "I used to always say he's going to probably go down as the third- best point guard ever , but I think he's passed one and he's going to go down as probably the second - best . One is obviously Magic [ Johnson ].

Scott Brooks praised Russell Westbrook after 14- point , 21-rebounds and 24-assist performance Monday’s performance guarantees that Westbrook will average a triple-double in a season for the fourth “I used to always say he’s going to probably go down as the third- best point guard ever , but I He’s going to go down as probably the second best , and [No. 1] is obviously Magic [ Johnson ].

"I used to always say he's going to probably go down as the third-best point guard ever, but I think he's passed one and he's going to go down as probably the second-best. One is obviously Magic [Johnson]. What he does, there's no point guard that has ever done it. Nobody. Nobody," Brooks said.

"I've been fortunate enough to see him for eight years do a lot of things that are pretty much superhuman at times. Point guards don't do what he does. They aren't built that way," Brooks said.

"There might be some that shoot better, there might be some that probably can do certain things better. But there's nobody in the history of the game that can do what he does throughout the stat sheet. That guy is as high as level of a player this league has ever seen."

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Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook must go down as one of the game's greats after another incredible triple-double in their 154-141 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday. Westbrook had 24 assists along with 21 rebounds and 14 points for the Wizards, meaning he will have a triple-double average for the fourth season in his career. The point guard 's 24 assists was an equal career-high, while the Wizards' 50 for the game was a franchise record and the best in NBA history since 1990. It was also Westbrook 's 32nd triple-double of the season, taking him to 178 for his

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks made the case for Russell Westbrook as the second - best point guard in NBA history behind Magic Johnson following Monday's 154-141 victory over the Indiana Pacers. " Point guards don’t do what he does," Brooks told reporters after Westbrook dropped 14 points , 24 assists and 21 rebounds.

While Westbrook is on a Hall of Fame trajectory and can be compared only to Oscar Robertson in terms of triple-doubles, most pundits would likely have him much further down the all-time point guard list. Johnson tops most lists, and his greatest competitor plays in Westbrook's era: Stephen Curry. Chris Paul also usually ranks ahead of Westbrook due to his consistency, shooting and defense despite lacking an MVP award. Brooks does not say who he considered No. 2 before Westbrook, but Isiah Thomas is the likeliest choice.

Categorizing Westbrook as a point guard is almost unfair. As Brooks says, there are no point guards who can do the things that Westbrook does, but there's a reason for that. Westbrook is his own sort of player, and there are many things that most point guards are asked to do that Westbrook doesn't. The only thing he shares in common with most great point guards is that he is roughly their size and he controls the ball on most possessions. Otherwise? His playing style is much closer to a forward like LeBron James than it is to Curry or Paul.

Ranking Westbrook is a nearly impossible exercise because it comes down to how much an individual ranker values a wide variety of different skills. His poor shooting is among the most destructive traits any elite player has ever had, and it makes game-planning against his teams in the playoffs far easier. His athleticism is also game-plan proof and drives opponents crazy. He puts more on the table than any other point guard but takes more off of it as well. His value relies on the talent of his teammates and the creativity of his coaching staff. Most would agree that it's below players like Curry, Paul and Thomas in addition to Johnson, but where he falls beyond that is extremely subjective.

Wizards' Russell Westbrook breaks Wilt Chamberlain's record by recording 12th triple-double in single month .
Westbrook is now six triple-doubles away from breaking Oscar Robertson's career recordEntering Monday, Westbrook had posted a triple-double in 14 of his past 17 games. The Wizards had won 10 of their past 11, and they hoped to keep their winning streak alive on Monday against the San Antonio Spurs. They fell just short in overtime, but Westbrook continued his remarkable stretch of triple-doubles with 22 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds. That gave him a grand total of 12 triple-doubles in the month of April, breaking a record previously held by Wilt Chamberlain which was set in March of 1968.

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