John Denton, over at the WWL, had a quick run-through of the best and worst of the NBA's Orlando Summer League. And of no surprise to all of BN, RW was dubbed the league's best player.
As Denton says:
BEST PLAYER: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
Ask the GMs who attended the five-day camp in Orlando, and they unanimously pick Westbrook as the week's top performer. Everyone knew he was a defensive ace with his long arms and burly shoulders, but he was far more effective offensively this week than most expected.
He used his size and burst off the dribble to get anywhere on the floor he wanted. Because of injuries, he never got to play against Rose in what would have been one of the marquee matchups of the week, but he had his way with Chalmers and the other guards in the camp.
Kevin Durant, the NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year, left highly impressed, and confident that the young core of himself, Jeff Green, White and Westbrook means that OKC will have a winner sooner rather than later.
On the flip side, Denton dubbed Rose the summer league's "biggest disappointment" due to his knee issues and frustration with the structured offense the Bulls were running.
Denton kept with the Pac-10 love, going with Brook Lopez as the best big man of the Orlando summer league (with Beasley coming in second).
While it's nice to see the Pac-10 get some love, this news re: RW comes as no surprise to those of us who got to watch him week in and week out doing all kinds of incredible things, both on offense and defense.
Here's to seeing some more signature high-flying nasty in-your-face dunks (coupled with in-your-face defense) from RW in OKC this year.