The Scoop:While Westbrook has his critics in the media, his teammate is not one of them. "He's going to do a great job," Durant said. "I'm not worried about Russ. I'm excited for the opportunity he has right now." Durant represents a risky fantasy pick due to his uncertain timetable, so we wouldn't blame risk-averse fantasy owners for letting last year's MVP fall to another owner. However, owners willing to roll the dice on the 26-year-old in the first round may very well find themselves at the top of their league standings due to Durant's enormous upside.
The Scoop:After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-16 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.
The Scoop:He hasn't really blown up offensively yet, but the games haven't counted yet, either. He's going to be a monster as long as his knees hold up, and could lead the league in scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined indefinitely.
The Scoop:Westbrook seemed to tweak his wrist just before exiting, but there are no indications that it's a meaningful injury. He shot 3-of-12 from the field with five turnovers against a makeshift Wolves' starting lineup, so it wasn't his finest hour.