If Russell Westbrook was drafted in 2007 and KD in 2008, would people say this is Westbrook’s team? — Derek E.
That’s, a good question. It’s never been a question of whose team it is because KD has always been the alpha. Westbrook joined Durant, not the other way around.
But I think it would still be Durant’s, just because of the way the two entered the league. KD was seen as the next superstar scorer, a guy that would certainly play in All-Star games and make some All-NBA teams. When Westbrook was picked, he was seen as a reach, a guy that was taken because of his defense. There wasn’t a single person, other than Russell Westbrook, that said “this guy is going to be a star.” Durant’s had that look in him since he mowed people down as a freshman at Texas.
That’s a pretty good chicken-or-the-egg type of thing though because seniority does count for something. And I wonder what Westbrook would’ve looked like as the fourth overall pick taking over as the new face for a terrible team. Would he be a different player? Would he have a different mindset? Keep Reading…