Thunder news: Russell Westbrook passes Gary Payton as franchise all-time points leader
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Russell Westbrook passes Gary Payton for Thunder/Sonics all-time points leader

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is now the best scorer in OKC/Seattle SuperSonics franchise history.

Russell Westbrook passed Hall of Famer Gary Payton on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Gary Payton scored 18,207 points with the SuperSonics, but Russell Westbrook was all set to pass him, as he entered Thursday with 18,203 career points.

Russell Westbrook has spent his entire NBA career with the SuperSonics/Thunder franchise. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA and has established himself as one of the best players in league history.

The 30-year-old point guard won the 2017 MVP award and set the NBA record for most triple-doubles in a single-season that year. Russell Westbrook is looking to average a triple-double for an entire season for the third season in a row this 2018-19 campaign.

Entering Thursday, Russell Westbrook was averaging 21.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game. The eight-time All-Star has recorded a triple-double in 10 consecutive games, which is an NBA record as well.

Russ will go down as the best player in Thunder/SuperSonics history. Unlike Kevin Durant, Westbrook has remained loyal to the franchise and intends to spend his entire career with OKC.

Westbrook is second in franchise history in assists, trailing Gary Payton. “The Glove” dished out 7,384 with the SuperSonics. Russ entered Thursday with 6,650 assists.