Sue Ogrocki, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2011, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shoots against the New York Knicks duirng an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Westbrook's rise from a high-school junior who one coach viewed as clumsy like "Bambi on Ice" to a potential NBA All-Star has come in giant steps.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Those who doubted Russell Westbrook's potential only served to fuel his rise to greatness in the NBA.

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Some didn't find him deserving of the chance to play at UCLA. Some didn't think he was worth the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft. Others never thought he would excel at point guard in the NBA.

On a wristband, he wears his response to those doubters — Why Not?

Westbrook is waiting to hear if he'll be selected for the All-Star reserve team on Thursday. He's 13th in the league in scoring at 22.6 points per game and eighth in assists at 8.5 per game.

He's given Oklahoma City a legitimate second threat alongside Kevin Durant and made the Thunder a legitimate contender for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.