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June 26, 2008 5:04 PM

Sonics take Westbook

Posted by Percy Allen

In the end, GM Sam Presti went with defense which explains why he used the Sonics No. 4 pick to select UCLA guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is a lockdown defender who can defend both guard positions and the small forward spot. He's got a 6-7 3/4 wingspan, stands 6-3 and has a 36-inch vertical leap.

The Sonics ranked 27th in points allowed and Westbrook should help change that.

The questions about Westbrook is his ability to play point guard in the NBA. Darren Collison was the Bruins point guard last season and Westbrook was the shooting guard. Still, he led UCLA in assists.

Conceibably, fellow Bruin Earl Watson will mentor Westbrook for a year until he learns the position.

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