You either love him, or hate him. That seems to be the case when it comes to the topic of Oklahoma City's point guard Russell Westbrook.
Russell Westbrook began playing basketball as a shooting guard. Through high school and college he had one job - to score and score big.
When he entered the NBA his new head coach Scott Brooks was adamant that he wanted to turn the freakishly athletic Russell Westbrook into a point guard. An unconventional point guard, but still a point guard.
That goal has been achieved to a certain extent. Westrbrook has achieved All-Star honors in his time in the league, but has not perhaps reached the heights many expected of him when he entered the league in 2008 as the fourth overall pick.
He has received so much criticism for the way he plays, with many arguing he keeps hold of the ball too much for a man in the key playmaking position. His career hasn't been without praise don't get me wrong, but the criticism has out weighed the praise for the majority of his time in the NBA so far.
Critics say he needs to pass the ball more and let Kevin Durant do the scoring. I agree to an extent.
I mean I would want my MVP touching the ball as much as possible but if I had a player like Russell Westbrook I would want him to get a lot of touches too. Russell's career averages are 20.1 points per game. Any team that cuts that out their game is asking for trouble.
With Durant now out for several weeks at the beginning of the season Westrbrook must now also take on added responsibility.
Westbrook has committed many turnovers over the years and has played reckless for the Thunder as well.
But the guard is a key player for the Thunder and needs to be on the team. Notice I didn't say the point guard for the Thunder but a key player for them. He's the type of athletic, slashing, defending, and fiery guard Oklahoma City needs.
So you can hate him or love him but Oklahoma City needs him.