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Kendrick Perkins thinks that Westbrook and Rose are similar, Westbrook doesn’t get a fair shake

Jan 30, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea AP

From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins doesn’t want to hear anything aboutRussell Westbrook’s shot count or his drop in assists or his occasional arguments with Kevin Durant. The only thing Perkins sees in Westbrook is an All-Star point guard who has helped lead the Thunder to the NBA’s best record.

“He always gets this label of being selfish,” Perkins said. “He’s not that at all. The one thing about Russ is he’s a scoring point guard, and that’s what we need him to be. That’s why this team has been successful because he does what he does.

“The thing that bothers me … is Derrick Rose is not a true point guard, he is a scoring point guard, but nobody gets on Derrick Rose like they get on Russ.”

Perkins makes some interesting points (no pun intended), but two major things work against Westbrook in this argument: First of all, Rose is the more efficient scorer of the two point guards: The reigning MVP’s True Shooting percentage is 55.8% to Westbrook’s 52.4%, and Westbrook turns the ball over more frequently than Rose does. Secondly, Derrick Rose doesn’t have anyone nearly as talented as Kevin Durant, who is one of the most prolific and most efficient scorers in the game, to pass the ball to.

Still, Perkins’ larger argument is probably more right than wrong: Westbrook and Rose are asked to play similar roles for their teams, are both considered franchise players by their teams, and their teams have the best records in their respective conferences. Both players should probably be above nit-picking when the things they’re doing are clearly working for their teams right now.

  1. LilTmac2003 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    He does have some valid points, but there is one MAJOR difference.

    Derrick Rose is the leader of the team and is carrying that franchise on his back.

    Russel Westbrook is attempting to do the same, but he ultimately is option number two. The duo could work, they just have to figure it out.

    The Thunder are trying to make Durant a “1” and Westbrook a “1a”. Except now it’s simply “1” and “2”.

  2. rwmilli - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    No bone to pick here being a lakers fan, but I agree with above ^^^ it’s almost similar to the heat, to many number 1 guys on a team, basketballs becoming more like football in the sense that you need to build your team around 1 star, and the draft, a core of young potential and talent filled players who actually know a system will always beat 3-4 all stars on a team trying to learn a system and how to completely play the game differently at either a bigger or more reduced role. I would of liked to see rondo for Russ, I think that’s a great trade for both teams giving the celtics some explosive young scoring power, and Durand would then recieve a more pure PG who can get him the ball

  3. brooklynbulls - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Both are great players, however they are separated by their mentality. Team wins are more important to Rose than any 1 on 1 battle. I don’t see Rose ever playing for stats or personal victories.

    Westbrook stated it best himself when he revealed that his father instilled in him that his only friend on the basketball court is the ball.

  4. dailybabesports - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Look nobody is asking Russell to stop scoring … but becoming more selective with his shot decisions is something he needs to improve on.

    Nobody can deny that what Westbrook did against the Mavericks last year in the Conference Finals was selfish. He tried to do too much.
    Hard to knock a guy for that … but he has other talented players around him as you mentioned.

    Rose takes dumb shots too, as we saw yesterday against Miami.

    Westbrook is a helluva point guard, but he has areas he needs to improve in…and one is passing.

    check us out, google Daily Grind Sports

  5. rdssc - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Put Derrick Rose on the court with KD and Harden and he would play a different game. Bulls number 2 scorer would be a 4th option on OKC. Rose shoots high volume because he has to, Westbrook does it because he can’t stop himself.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      First of all Rose is the Bulls leading scorer, secondly you may want to put the xbox down and watch an actual game if you think that Rose would be the 4th option on any NBA team. If he played with KD, he would willingly defer to him and let the better scorer be the #1 option, not fight with him for the priviledge

      • eaglesandravens - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM

        He’s not saying that Rose would be the #4 option on OKC. He’s talking about guys like Luol Deng or Carlos Boozer that are #2 options for the bulls.

  6. brooklynbulls - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    If thats the case, then I retract the smart-a$$edness of my comment….still hot from the heat loss yesterday

  7. africanballer - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    I know he’s up there but a guy that turns the ball over more times than he changes Nikes is NOT D-Rose

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