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Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins can't believe Russell Westbrook isn't on Max's Top 10 list | First Take

Aug 05, 2022
now it's time for the next edition of our crime scene gamers. We asked our ESPN NBA experts to rank the top 15 players in the NBA right now so far. We have Jimmy Buckets at number 15. Kyrie Irving 14 PG 13. answer to our trivia question for the last five seasons no player in the NBA has recorded more assists than this player answer drum roll please go next in our The NBA's

first

-ranked prime-time player is Russell Westbrook. This superstar averaged a triple-double for three consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2019. Only Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson has more career triple-doubles. twelve Rockets guard Russell Westbrook Westbrook's former teammate

kendrick

perkins

here with us Max Kellerman you're

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is Russell Westbrook one of the top 10 players I don't

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It's a pleasure to say this because as you know Westbrook is my favorite player, he's not and the reason he's not is because I can name ten guys I'd

take

over him right now , a Westb. rook has been amazing if this was three or four years ago the answer would be a resounding yes but right now I can't beat him in Kauai or LeBron or the freak or KD or ad or Steph or Harden or Damian Lillard so now what to do I need one more guy two more guys Luca da chips is in the MVP conversation Westbrook ain't Westbrook 31 Lucas 20 if you make it a career award right?
stephen a kendrick perkins can t believe russell westbrook isn t on max s top 10 list first take
You want to look back, so you say okay, what has Luca done but we haven't? we are looking now and forward and Luca will be 21 next year

westbrook

will be 32 and Lucas will have a better year this year they have virtually identical records but

westbrook

's running mate is an MVP caliber player and duchesses porzingis who could be one day an MVP caliber player but at this point he's maybe a star bubble style player and then pg13 man Paul George Paul George and Westbrook played on the same team Paul George was the best player on the team so that's 10 guys Westbrook is better at 11th c competing with guys like embiid and me kitchen and Simmons and Jimmy Butler I'm not going to lie to you Max Kellerman I didn't even

list

en to your

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because it was hard for me to pay attention because I just don't know Ten players on the planet that they are better than Russell Westbrook because there are intangibles in the conversation.
stephen a kendrick perkins can t believe russell westbrook isn t on max s top 10 list first take

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I'm going to. I will understand. I admit it because I didn't listen to you because I kicked you out because it wasn't that absurd. I apologize, but the point I'm trying to make to you is this I didn't hear he has he has triple des I just just sent it max I just said said said I didn't hear he averaged a triple-double three consecutive years before this season or when the season was suspended this particular season in Houston I was averaging twenty eight seven eight but for me I don't just pay attention to the numbers because if I pay attention to the numbers then I could charge Russell Westbrook because he shot me. n 29% or worse from three point range in the last three or four years and I think there was some stat last year KP we're out of three foot he was shooting like 30% from the field here's what I'm thinking with Russell Westbrook he's the best athlete we've ever seen at the point guard position.
stephen a kendrick perkins can t believe russell westbrook isn t on max s top 10 list first take
I'm thinking about the fact that everything he usually does is in traffic because it's very rare that he hasn't done it and had a chance. Last few years to play a bona fide shooter so he generally operated in traffic rather than space but he was unstoppable in terms of him and getting to the basket because you can't neutralize him his speed his athleticism his ferocity in both ends of the floor this is something that's pretty close to unmatched that's what he brings to the table and when I think about it I think about the fact that you look at the pace of play that Oklahoma City had with him in terms counterattacks and stuff. of that nature and that they have without him how much slower they walk now obviously Chris Paul is running the show with Shay Gil just Alexander so he's a different animal and I understand Matt respects them but Russell Westbrook there's so much he brings to the table that saw far beyond his own individual numbers and what he is capable of doing for the people around him through sheer force of will.
stephen a kendrick perkins can t believe russell westbrook isn t on max s top 10 list first take
I can't look at Russell Westbrook, a league MVP, a god who's a walking triple-double when he wants to and ignore him and just say hello. these ten players in the nba are better than him actually i'll go as far as to say this if you're a guy if you're a max franchise and you're looking for a cultural center and you had to pick one person to start your franchise to literally establish the tone of the culture you want to build

russell

westbrook is actually one of the first five players you pick for that role that's how elitist he is so i have him in the top 12 i kind of westbrook oh oh cute

stephen

a

stephen

what the heck hey just sit in your seat a little real quick and let me go to the max I just heard on Stephen's show that you said you felt like you felt a little off but I thought Max is the one. under the weather because if you think if you think if you think for a moment

russell

westbrook is not one of the top 10 players in this league at most i am so sorry for your loss let me tell you something about russell westbrook and actually this year i changed his name to Russell Westbrook O'Neal and I'll tell you why after the Houston Rockets traded Clint Capela, they did it for Russell Westbrook over a 10-game span.
Russell Westbrook was that they had 274 points in the paint. the last person to do something like that about ted gaynor shaquille o'neal when you hear when you talk about russell westbrook max think about it but his MVP season was phenomenal this year we could say russell westbrook has been one of the best sons of his career he is pitching 47% from the field is averaging 27 8 and 7 playing alongside James Harden and

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