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June 26, 2008 5:04 PM
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.
Posted by BKLN SONICS
5:24 PM, Jun 26, 2008
nice pick by the sonics. westbrook has incredible upside and im excited they went ahead and picked the best defense player available. is he can learn to play the point he will be a solid nba player for years and he is an electrifying dunker who finishes well at the rim.
my only hope is that we'll get to see this exciting group of young players develop in the town they belong...
Posted by lox
5:28 PM, Jun 26, 2008
Horrible pick. Westbrook is the second coming of Antonio Daniels. That's not a complement either since Daniels was a huge lottery bust who ironically was a #4 pick too.
Posted by sonic fan
6:12 PM, Jun 26, 2008
good solid pick
Posted by peter
6:12 PM, Jun 26, 2008
Here is a write up on the Pick..Russell Westbrook — a kid who as recent as two years ago wasn't even recruited by a major Division I school — goes fourth overall in the NBA Draft. The Defensive Player of the Year in the Pac-10 last season, Westbrook can D up with the best of ?em, but the rap is he can't shoot. Like he can't throw a rock in the ocean. Which is fine. Seattle won't be playing an important basketball game for at least another ten years. Somewhere, Robert Swift, Sene, Mickael Gelabale, and Johan Petro are bumping chests and doing secret handshakes. Their fraternity of question mark draft picks taken by the Sonics now has another member! I look at Kevin Durant, seated just a few seats away, and you can see the expletives running through his head.
Posted by EricD
6:24 PM, Jun 26, 2008
Would have preferred Love, but if they go to OKC, who cares?
Posted by Si
6:28 PM, Jun 26, 2008
Westbrook can bring a new, much-needed defensive presence to the Sonic PG game and believe me, can pass like nobody's business. With Green and Durant probably ready to up their shooting games in '08-'09, Westie could be a hottie at the PG position.
Posted by whilte line fever
8:18 PM, Jun 26, 2008
we have the #4 pick, get a decent point, and we have 6 comments ......This is so depressing., apathy is at an all time high.
Posted by Navin R. Johnson
8:40 PM, Jun 26, 2008
This is why Seattle sucks the lama's ass.
Kevin Love is pedigree and will make a pitiful inside rebounding for Offense & Defense a rarity in the NBA.
He scores all over the floor, passes better then all NBA centers and Seattle picks Westbrook.
Westbrook is best on a team who doesn't need the middle improved.
Memphis loves Seattle tonight.
Seattle Sonics please leave the Northwest. Your back office/front office are the dumbest in the league.
Can we get any more unknown projects? Sure!!!
Posted by naterob4
9:29 PM, Jun 26, 2008
This blog goes to show how fairweather so many Sonic fans are..People give Tim Ruskell the benefit of the doubt because he drafted Lofa in the 3rd round.
I mean look at Presti's two drafts..last year we get the ROY in Kevin Durant, and up and comer in Jeff Green, and in the Second round he drafted Big Baby and Carl Landry granted neither one of them played in Seattle but both of them contributed last year on there respective teams and one of them got a ring..
I think Presti knows how to judge talent..Westbrook in a tenacious ballhawking defender which we need, We get Ibaka a 18yr old 6"10 220lb athlete..
All of these people that wanted Kevin Love did any of you see what Dorsey/Dozer did to him in the Final 4? Love looked like his feet were in quicksand, Love can't guard no athletic 4's in the NBA..Look at what Pau Gasol did in the finals against KG and Kendrick Perkins, he got tooken to school.
All the people who think we should of drafted Love are probably the same people who thought Adam Morrison was a better NBA prospect than Brandon Roy..How's that turned out so far...
Posted by salemdawg
9:56 PM, Jun 26, 2008
Lofa was a second round pick, and Ruskell traded up for him...
Posted by lox
11:41 PM, Jun 26, 2008
Presti deserves credit for drafting Durant at #2? A freaking monkey could make that pick, there was literally no thought involved in that choice.
He didn't draft Davis or Landry either. He gave away those picks because he didn't see anyone worth taking and the teams who got the picks made those choices.
Presti's talent evaluation is still very much unproven. I'd say he's off to a questionable start after reaching for Westbrook and Ibaka. We'll see if it works out, but he has yet to earn the benefit of the doubt.
Posted by A fan
4:23 PM, Jun 28, 2008
Russell Westbrook is a great addition to the Sonics. He comes from an outstanding program at UCLA, is a tenatious defender and a great teammate. Ask O.J. Mayo whether Russell can play. Ben Howland said he made a mistake by not having Russell guard Derek Rose in the Memphis game. He will help this team. You'll see. Also, Kevin Love would have been a great choice for the Sonics.
Jun 26, 08 - 07:49 PM
Sonics land White in trade with Detroit
Jun 26, 08 - 06:48 PM
Sonics take Ibaka
Jun 26, 08 - 06:37 PM
Westbrook meets the media
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Sonics take Westbook
Jun 26, 08 - 04:11 PM
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