The Scoop:After being told that his coach thinks he's the best point guard in the league, Westbrook said, "I'm very honored to hear him say that, but that's how I feel. I mean, I don't know what to tell you." Never short on confidence, Westbrook has a case for himself after averaging 26.7 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 2.2 steals during the 2013-14 postseason. While Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and John Wall all went before Westbrook in the Rotoworld Friends & Family draft, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see RW finish as fantasy's top point guard in 2014-15.
The Scoop:The Thunder were seventh in offensive efficiency last year, but they ranked 25th in percentage of baskets assisted by a teammate. Westbrook's assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8 ranked 43rd among qualifying point guards, so it's a good early sign that he's focused on sharing the ball.
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : The Brooklyn Game . Joe Johnson can’t hide his giggly-face when asked about the difference between Lionel Hollins and former Net coach Jason Kidd’s practice schedule: PF : New York Times . Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington go out for lunch, on record, and the result is shockingly self-serving and ponderous. SF : SB Nation . A look at some of the new faces in new uniforms as Media Day churns along. SG : New York Post . Derek Fisher is not Phil Jackson’s puppet, dammit. Marionette, maybe, but not a puppet. PG : NBA.com . Discussing Becky Hammon’s future with the Spurs as she enters her first year as assistant coach. 6th : Charlotte Observer . Taking a look at Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson, as he readies to enter the most important year of his career. He also “has ambitions of doing more songs.” 7th : USA Today . Thankfully, the Los Angeles Clippers seem appropriately cheery and enthused about the 2014-15 season. 8th : Boston Globe . Baxter Holmes’ fascinating feature on Marcus Smart. Read this. 9th : Wall St. Journal . Russell Westbrook discusses a whole bunch of fashionable accessories that you probably can’t afford. 10th : SB Nation . Tom Ziller talks up three head coaches on the hot seat as 2014-15 rears its head. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops