Russell Westbrook vs. Stephen Curry: Who is the best PG?

One is a night in and night out phenom on the stat sheets; the other one is the epitome of a team leader who carried his team to one of the most historic seasons in NBA history, breaking the regular season record in wins.

These two leaders on the court have essentially personified a new wave of professional Basketball. Filled with decisive and meticulous play styles, Westbrook and Curry have both left their mark on the game, moving it entirely into a new era.

 

Russell Westbrook

Westbrook has obtained a triple-double against every single NBA franchise that are currently in the league, minus his Oklahoma City Thunder, of course. A bulk of these Triple-double performances came in the 2016-17 season where he surpassed Oscar Robertson for the most in one season with 42.

Westbrook was drafted in 2008 out of the University of California, to the Seattle Supersonics, before moving to the now Oklahoma City Thunder, and has been the leader of the team since then.

For the beginning of his career, Westbrook was surrounded by some of today’s premier superstars. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Serge Ibaka were part of his team, until Harden was traded in 2012 to the Houston Rockets, Durant signed with Curry’s Warriors in 2016 and Ibaka was also traded in 2016 to the Orlando Magic.

From that point on, the supporting cast for Westbrook was a revolving door. Some notable teammates he has had have been Taj Gibson, Nick Collison and Enes Kanter to name a few. Even with the revolving door of teammates, Westbrook was still able to put up incredible numbers while playing with immense passion and tenacity.

In 9 seasons with OKC, Westbrook has averaged 22.6 points, with 6.3 rebounds and 8 assists per game.

The highlight of his career, thus far, is the highlight of an entire season. In 2016-17, Westbrook tore open the record books with posting the most triple-doubles in one season with 42, as well as finishing the season in its entirety with a triple double.

He is the second player in NBA History to average a triple-double for an entire season, since Oscar robertson did it in his record setting year of 1961-62. Westbrook has also appeared in 6 all-star games and took home the league scoring championship twice, as a point guard.

These two feats are extraordinary, yet unsatisfying. The numbers and stats are impressive and mind boggling that one person can do that, but the overall record of the team and the result of the season is really the ultimate prize, isn’t it? Westbrook and his squad checked out of the 2016 playoffs with a first round exit to his former teammate James harden and the Houston Rockets. In his career, Westbrook has made it to the final once in 2011-12 and lost 4-1 against the Miami Heat.

 

Stephen Curry

Curry, a lethal sharpshooter from essentially anywhere on the floor (even the halfcourt stripe), is also versatile as a playmaker for his Golden State Warriors.

His fiery passion and electric playstyle has shaken the league to having a much higher tempo. Alongside his “splash brother” guard Klay Thompson, the two have turned the NBA into a three-point contest almost every night.

Coming out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry was relatively a run-of-the-mill player for the beginning of his career. As far as in the media, he wasn’t sought after and recognized as the superstar he is now.

That all changed with the 2012-13 season, when him and teammate Klay Thompson turned the league upside-down with their long range shooting. Curry hit 1545 three-pointers over the span of five seasons. In that time, he also set the record for most three pointers in 2012-13 with 272 three-pointers, which then he broke again two seasons later with 286 and, ultimately, blew it out of the water with a dizzying 402 three pointers made in 2015-16.

In the 2015-16 season, Curry and Thompson both scored a total of 608. The two tied what Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder made during that season. His 402 three pointers and average of 30.1 points per game solidified his place to take home Most Valuable Players honors that season.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of Steph curry’s career, as well as the rest of the roster for the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, was the record for most wins in a single season, 73.

73 wins, just let that sink in.

Of all records in the history of basketball, such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar scoring 38,387 points over his career, Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in one single game and the 72-10 of 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, Steph Curry’s records were unthinkable and will help him to go down as the best shooter of all time.

To add even more to his long list of personal achievements, Curry has amassed two NBA Finals rings out of three appearances. The three appearances came back-to-back-to-back, all against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has also taken home two league MVP’s and four all-star game appearances.

So, who’s the best PG? That’s for you to pick.

22-year-old Rutgers Journalism Student. NHL, NBA and E-sports writer and follower.