One thing Wizards general manager repeated when explaining his decision to trade John Wall for Russell Westbrook was the latter's resume.
In 12 seasons as a pro, Westbrook has won the NBA MVP award, two scoring titles, been to nine All-Star games and has nine All-NBA selections under his belt. The All-NBA accomplishment in particular was too impressive not to mention during Sheppard's first media availability since the blockbuster trade was executed.
"Only 28 players in NBA have been an All-NBA player at least nine times," Sheppard told reporters Friday. "There's four players active in the NBA currently that are on All-NBA at least nine times. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook."
Other players to have earned nine All-NBA selections in their career are Gary Payton, Kevin Garnett and George Gervin. All three of those players are Hall of Famers.
"His resume speaks for itself," Sheppard said. "To acquire one of the very best point guards in the NBA, you have to give up one of the very best point guards in the NBA. I don't take any of that lightly."
If Westbrook can get himself on an All-NBA team one more time, he'll join all-time greats like Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson with 10 All-NBA selections.