Thunder news: Dennis Schroder thought Russell Westbrook was insane when he first got traded to OKC
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Thunder PG Dennis Schroder thought Russell Westbrook was insane when he first got traded to OKC

Dennis Schroder, Russell Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the best teams thus far in the 2018-19 NBA season. They have a stellar combination of point guards in Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder to thank for that.

Schroder did not know much about Westbrook prior to his arrival in July. According to Chris Mannix of si.com, he has high praise for how his teammate approaches the game:

“I thought he was insane,” Schroder said. “How he approaches the game—it’s incredible.” As a teammate, Schroder says, Westbrook has “helped me a lot.” Added Schroder, “You respect him so much, when he says something, you don’t want to let him down. He needs guys he can trust, and you want to be one of those guys.”

It is encouraging to see that Schroder is enjoying playing alongside Westbrook. There has been plenty of debate regarding the former MVP and the impact he has on his teammates. However, it seems such talk may have been blown out of proportion.

Of course, things did not click right away for the Thunder. Talks about the carry-over from their early dismissal in last year’s playoffs started to swirl once again following their 0-4 start to the season. Fortunately, they have since managed to get back on track after winning 16 of last 19 games to claim the second spot in the Western Conference.

Schroder has been an integral part of their success this year. He has proven to be a viable backup for Westbrook and a solid complementary option to any lineup they go with. He is in the midst of a stellar year averaging 16.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.