Who was betterTwo years ago we posed the question:
as a prep player, Russell Westbrook
or James Harden?
The two Southern California natives and NBA MVP candidates are tearing it up even more so this season and over the last month. Especially Westbrook, who Wednesday went for his fourth consecutive triple-double with career highs of 49 points and 16 rebounds to go along with 10 assists.
In his four-game tear, he's averaged 37.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists.
Westbrook was no slouch at Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.)
, especially after a 5-inch growth spurt heading into his sophomore year. In his senior year, he went for 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals for the 25-4 Olympians. It included a 51-point game against Carson.
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As good as Westbrook was his senior year, for an entire career, Harden was clearly the better player, said Los Angeles Times staff writer Eric Sondheimer.
"(He was) much further along and played on a much better team," Sondheimer wrote in an email. "(Harden) was a star from freshman on. Westbrook was a late bloomer oozing with athleticism and potential. I saw Westbrook when he had few offers as a senior but you could tell he might be very good down the road."
But probably not this good.