Mike Budenholzer says Westbrook doesn't need stats to impact a game

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Budenholzer says Russ doesn't need great stats to impact a game originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Russell Westbrook is arguably playing the best basketball of his career for the Wizards over the last two months and the NBA has taken notice. 

Ahead of a Wednesday matchup with the Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks head coach spoke very highly of Westbrook's contributions to the league and what's he doing in Washington right now. 

"It's so impressive what Westbrook is doing and really what he's done for his career," Mike Budenholzer said. "To have watched him put his imprint on the league and what he does on a nightly basis, the amount of effort and energy, it's impressive."

Westbrook is closing fast on Oscar Robertson's all-time triple-double record. He entered Wednesday's game with 178 career triple-doubles, which is just three away from tying Robertson's 181. 

 

It feels like every night, Westbrook is doing something unprecedented from a statistical standpoint. But if you ask Budenholzer, it doesn't matter what his stats look like. You're going to feel his overwhelming presence on the floor either way. 

"He's one of the elite players in our league and continues to prove that every night," Budenholzer said. "Statistics or no statistics, you feel him every night. He's a great player and deserves a lot of the accolades to be mentioned in a historical sense."

When it comes to Westbrook's impact on winning, opinions vary for those who watch and cover the game. But whenever you ask fellow coaches and players who play with and against Westbrook, the message is pretty consistent in that he lifts up his team on a consistent basis.