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Brian Windhorst Says He'd Rather Have Ben Simmons Over Russell Westbrook On His Team: “Number One, He’s Younger. Number Two, He’s Bigger. Number Three, He Defends..."

Brian Windhorst Says He'd Rather Have Ben Simmons Over Russell Westbrook On His Team: “Number One, He’s Younger. Number Two, He’s Bigger. Number Three, He Defends..."

Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook are two of the most polarizing players in the NBA right now. Besides the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, there are no other players that make people go crazy like these two. Simmons and Westbrook have been heavily criticized for their performances on the court, but also for what they do when they aren't playing basketball. 

They've had similar approaches to their careers recently, with Simmons blaming mental health issues for his inability to return to the court with the Philadelphia 76ers, while Westbrook never took responsibility for his bad first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, often throwing shade at his former head coach, Frank Vogel. 

Now, they both are in different situations ahead of the 2022/23 NBA season, entering a new campaign with fresh hopes, and surrounded by different factors that could or could not help them return to their best level. 


Brian Windhorst Says He'd Rather Have Ben Simmons Over Russell Westbrook On His Team

Now, as usual, everybody is comparing these two and debating about who they'd pick if they had to start a team. While ESPN keeps revealing their top 100 list of players for the 2022/23 season, their panelists are discussing it. One of the comparisons that came up in a recent edition of NBA Today involved Simmons and Westbrook, with Brian Windhorst picking the Australian point guard over the former MVP (2:42 mark). 

“But if you’re asking me who I’d rather have, I’d rather have Ben Simmons,” he said of choosing between Simmons and Westbrook. “Number one, he’s younger. Number two, he’s bigger. Number three, he defends, and I need a high-level defender to win at the highest level.”

These are two of the players with the most to prove this upcoming season. They made a terrible impression last season, letting their teams down in different ways, and earning more criticism than before. In this campaign, many hope to see Simmons and Westbrook bounce back, but time will tell if any of them can do that before it's too late.