Will Russell Westbrook finish with a better career than Allen Iverson? First Take debates

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Will Russell Westbrook finish with a better career than Allen Iverson? First Take debates
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Kendrick Perkins debate whether Russell Westbrook will finish with a better career than Allen Iverson.

0:00 Kendrick Perkins says we will never see another player like Russell Westbrook in our lifetime.
2:00 Max Kellerman says Allen Iverson has the better career than Russell Westbrook.
4:00 Stephen A. shares his thoughts on whether Westbrook will finish with a better career than Iverson.

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  1. deathstroke
    14 orë më parë

    Russ is better

  2. Troy Montero
    Troy Montero
    Ditë më parë

    Perk needs to lay off the percs

  3. Big Bucks
    Big Bucks
    Ditë më parë

    Max “If blank and blank had a baby” Kellermen

  4. Lord Beerus
    Lord Beerus
    Ditë më parë

    I would take AI anyway over Russ

  5. Keith Allgood
    Keith Allgood
    2 ditë më parë

    AI All Day every day. All numbers in this generation are empty calories. Soft no real center 3point centric open court Pu$$y league.

  6. Zack
    3 ditë më parë

    Iverson owns Westbrook.

  7. mikal durham
    mikal durham
    3 ditë më parë

    Can’t compare the two A.I never had help like the rest of them Foh

    3 ditë më parë


  9. big shaq dragon
    big shaq dragon
    4 ditë më parë

    Stats wise westbrook. But if you watch the game, you know AI is miles ahead of westbrick

  10. Keldreka Wadley
    Keldreka Wadley
    4 ditë më parë

    Fucc no who would put west brick over Ai

  11. Call me Jerry
    Call me Jerry
    5 ditë më parë

    I’m gonna say Westbrook as AI beat career wise with records,Accolades etc. Now if we are talking based off of skill alone I would say AI and it’s not even close...

  12. The Juice Alert !
    The Juice Alert !
    7 ditë më parë

    No, Russell Westbrook will not. Allen Iverson is a top 20 player of all-time. He lead his team to an NBA finals without a single superstar by his side, whereas Russell Westbrook has yet to win a 1st round playoff series as the number one opinion on a team.

  13. An Oxford Man
    An Oxford Man
    10 ditë më parë

    The numbers can be the same. The impact isn’t. Westbrook has been an afterthought in the league for the last six years. The league’s best players in recent years have been Bron, Steph, Kyrie, KD, Harden, Kawhi. Westbrook is way down the list. You couldn’t say that about AI in 2001. He was a Top 3, Top 5 player. Even Russ’ MVP season doesn’t compare. AI went to the Finals his MVP year and he embarrassed the Lakers in Game 1. He just needed more help.

  14. Kevon Arenas
    Kevon Arenas
    10 ditë më parë

    I lost it when Perk was finishing up his piece and they showed Stephen A’s disappointed af face 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  15. Jaysan Nikan
    Jaysan Nikan
    10 ditë më parë

    AI is one of the most disrespected Legends smh its a shame he literally could have had a Legacy similar to Kobe or MJ if he had more Help.. I hear ppl say dumb things like Nash was better or Stockton now Russ this is just Ridiculous

  16. Becky
    10 ditë më parë

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  18. Walter Sampson
    Walter Sampson
    12 ditë më parë

    All I can say is Westbrook is another Oscar Robertson hands down 💪💪🏅 he's from Crenshaw 6-3 grabbing 25 rebounds wow

  19. Jack Cruz
    Jack Cruz
    12 ditë më parë

    Just do it like this give Iverson two super star players and add it to there teams. Iverson's team is Magic. Iverson. Kevin Durant. Theo ratlif. Mutambo. Vs Westbrook team Westbrook. Kobe Bryant. LeBron. Kanter. Steven Adams. Who wins or well give curry 2 greats two Curry. Jordan. Larry bird. Draymond. Bogut. In order who u got That Kobe team would be hard to beat but I think curry Jordan with bird is tough.

  20. Victor Eggleston
    Victor Eggleston
    12 ditë më parë

    A .i. Couldn't play with other shooter...he was never coached.... Great one on one player.....but he had great defenser on his team

  21. Alex Rob
    Alex Rob
    13 ditë më parë

    Westbrook never had an amazing shot blocker like mutumbo. Dito.

  22. Alex Rob
    Alex Rob
    13 ditë më parë

    Soft? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. They still play hard now. They still play defense now. So if it was more of a mans game back then how was jordan on the line so much. Why magic said don’t get to close to jordan. If you breathe on him they’ll call foul. You couldn’t breathe on jordan and that was a mans game? Yea jordan got beat up by the pistons. But that’s it. Go watch Celtics vs lakers. Magic vs bird. And see how many fouls they called in those games. Fouls that were the same fouls they call now. Yes it was a tiny tiny tiny bit more physical. But after jordans era the league has blossomed to its full potential skill and talent wise. Players just evolved to the extreme. So even if it was a little more physical back then,,, it’s way more talented now. By a super lot too.

  23. Alex Rob
    Alex Rob
    13 ditë më parë

    I think so. Iverson was a better scorer then westbrook by a little bit. But westbrook is a way better all around player.

  24. Tee Brown
    Tee Brown
    14 ditë më parë

    Steven A sounds like he's going on a DJ Akademiks rant at 5:20 lol

  25. Tiandric Mckinzie
    Tiandric Mckinzie
    14 ditë më parë

    The face he makes when he about to go off 😭🤣

  26. JacquizzZ
    14 ditë më parë

    AI carried his teams harder than Westbrook. Everyone should be happy AI was only a 6 footer cause he genuinely could've been the best ever if he was taller. But SAS also failed to mention that AI did have Melo on his team for a couple of years

  27. Jose Guerin
    Jose Guerin
    15 ditë më parë

    Gtfo the black balled AI out the nba

  28. JrSavage
    15 ditë më parë

    Max”even ibaka” 😂😂😂

  29. Wanny Wan
    Wanny Wan
    16 ditë më parë

    about the same imo amazing stats no title

  30. xtremelink
    16 ditë më parë

    Both hella overrated

  31. joshua teter
    joshua teter
    17 ditë më parë

    I'll go with Iverson 7 days a week

  32. Wornesy
    18 ditë më parë

    Completely agree with everything Stephen said. BUT, bro is forgetting melo in Denver

  33. Frank Hoppe
    Frank Hoppe
    18 ditë më parë

    how does ESPN even come up with this topic? They are completely different players on completely different Teams! Both are great on what they do, but you cant compare them! Their play style is different, their body type is different, their role is different. Iverson had to do all the scoring in Philly and Russell is playing with scoring machine Beal and played on an OKC team with HOF Durant and Beard. I dont know what this is all about....

  34. Donte Abney
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    19 ditë më parë

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    19 ditë më parë

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  36. stan dixon
    stan dixon
    20 ditë më parë

    Iverson ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!!!!!

  37. Mike Kendrick
    Mike Kendrick
    20 ditë më parë

    Ugh ugh ugh

  38. Football Bellingham
    Football Bellingham
    21 ditë më parë

    Give iverson KD,PG13, or Harden all in there and I guarantee u he’s making the finals more than once and getting a chip

  39. Harrah Jaie Nudalo
    Harrah Jaie Nudalo
    22 ditë më parë

    The fatboy in the middle knows nothing how he can choose westbrook over allen iverson tsk

  40. The District Reseller
    The District Reseller
    22 ditë më parë

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  41. Mill Tikkit
    Mill Tikkit
    23 ditë më parë

    Even though that's my guy OKC hometown I don't think so

  42. Lord Geotron
    Lord Geotron
    23 ditë më parë

    Stop it!!! Russ' teammates always shribbled in the toughest moments that's why they haven't gone over the top

  43. Lord Geotron
    Lord Geotron
    23 ditë më parë

    Russ has already had a better career than Iverson

  44. mcfowlerman
    24 ditë më parë

    Oklahoma choked a 3-1 lead because of snake KD. Don’t blame Russ. KD needed to cry and join the team that beat him 3-1 that had a 2 time MVP and 3 other all stars

  45. Paul Ballard
    Paul Ballard
    24 ditë më parë

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  46. Venus Gachelin
    Venus Gachelin
    24 ditë më parë

    No. Respectfully

  47. Duey Newton
    Duey Newton
    24 ditë më parë

    A.I. rawer den Westbrook!! .

  48. SI
    24 ditë më parë

    I love how AI dickriders cant defend his overrated legacy so they have to bring up the fact that he had cornrows and tattoos. Lmao

  49. SI
    24 ditë më parë

    AI is the most overrated player in the history of sports.

  50. Thinker 4ward
    Thinker 4ward
    25 ditë më parë


  51. Alchemist13
    25 ditë më parë

    Iverson played with Carmello Anthony

  52. Marvin Hunt
    Marvin Hunt
    25 ditë më parë

    To me Westbrook is next generation Iverson. Except for the cultural influence, to me,they are one in the same in terms of HOW they played. They are both high energy (REALLY high energy) players. Both are literally FEARLESS players. Both are too athletic for whoever is in front of them. Both have that killer. I feel like Bubba Chuck totally maxed out his potential and abilities where as Westbrook is ALMOST at that same level. Both have big hearts and play with that chip on their shoulder. To me, the edge goes to "The Answer" because he was so undersized and the league was so physical. I think that Westbrook would have held his own back in the day as well. They had the same mentality but Westbrook has a little more size. They both are the same type of player. Like Jordan said, they're lucky A I wasn't 6"6". Both of these guys are 2 of my all time favorites.

  53. Josef Cannedy
    Josef Cannedy
    26 ditë më parë

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  54. dez lloyd
    dez lloyd
    26 ditë më parë

    Westbrook.. carry on

  55. Shawn Kow
    Shawn Kow
    26 ditë më parë

    AI was a way better shooting guard, 4th best arguably. You know the 3 ( MJ, Kobe and Dwade) Russ is a better point guard and facilitator though. I won't compare these 2.

  56. scat autotune
    scat autotune
    27 ditë më parë

    perkins smoking that flakka

  57. Super Ty
    Super Ty
    27 ditë më parë

    Lets compare impact,merchandise, and image also. A.I. all day

  58. Beatriz Gomez
    Beatriz Gomez
    27 ditë më parë

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  59. Xcursion Music
    Xcursion Music
    27 ditë më parë

    Nobody: Stephen A. Smith: You can get a foul for having bad breath for crying out loud

  60. Isaac Lomeli
    Isaac Lomeli
    28 ditë më parë

    Fact ai played carmelo

  61. Urban Ape
    Urban Ape
    28 ditë më parë

    HOLD UP PERK!!!!...AI was BETTER!!!!..This man took a no name team to the finals and did it in the most savage way. Westbrook is lit for the "trip dub" (shout out Shannon)..NOT WINS WHEN IT COUNTED. Factz💯...AI wasnt a defense genuine (neither is Westbrook)..but AI was a scorer..could take over a game..Westbrook..take his drive to the basket out of his game...then EVERY other aspect suffers except rebounds because he plays in the paint off the shooter from 3..that's why Kemba had 29pts last night..he sanked his 3's after Westbrook gave up on the switch (running back to the paint for the RB)..This is the PLAYOFFS..Tatum got 50 cause that goofy sh*t yall starting doing was expected after half time..Only diffrence was Steven's was BETTER at adjusting. (Play Tatum 20 of the last 24minutes)..he scored 23pts in the first 12min of 2nd half..finished with 50pts!!!..but the narrative today is "Westbrook played bad"..Tatum outscored Westbrook and Beal (46pts)..He had 50pts (humbly)..but the only debate after 80% of the pundits said he would LOSE this game..is what Westbrook didn't do? (Thank you Marcus Smart..your switches kept him outta the lane, force him to pass into missed 3's for the most part))

  62. Joey joey
    Joey joey
    28 ditë më parë

    Iverson all the way. He took a bunch of role players to the Finals!!! Westbrick has never or will ever take any team to the Finals, hes not Championship material, Iverson did way more with less.

  63. Shockwave 117
    Shockwave 117
    29 ditë më parë

    Both men made the finals only to lose in 5 but I'ma say A.I because he had to drag his squad to the 01 finals Westbrook had other All-star in KD and a Young James Harden.

  64. Buff Nasir
    Buff Nasir
    29 ditë më parë

    Never ever smh Ai all day you can't defeat a lion bro that's the separation stop talking foolishness smh

  65. C Blas
    C Blas
    29 ditë më parë

    No! Don't even need to watch the video. Russ couldn't win a chip alone, or with kd or harden. Heck harden and kd. He has a lot of empty numbers to me. I can't imagine if Iverson was Westbrook size. Could Russel have taken that horrible Philly team to the finals. Russ would probably have 35 triple doubles. And they'd still be a 30 win team thats it. A.i. was the truth

  66. Chill Button
    Chill Button
    29 ditë më parë

    Lol is melo a joke to you?

  67. Jacob Shreves
    Jacob Shreves
    29 ditë më parë

    I say Russ

  68. Yung jav
    Yung jav
    29 ditë më parë

    AI played with a prime melo ! I know AI was on the older side but he had a good squad with the nuggets.

  69. Levar Deloach
    Levar Deloach
    29 ditë më parë

    This was a good debate no doubt

  70. CloudyB MT
    CloudyB MT
    29 ditë më parë

    As the late great Kobe Bryant said about Allen Iverson, "We're lucky we wasn't 6'6." AI had the superior career in a tougher era compared to Russ's numbers. It's not like anybody listens to big Perk anyways lmao

  71. Earl Villanueva
    Earl Villanueva
    Muaj më parë

    Please don't try to compare every player they both are amazing and also both had an amazing career. They both played they're heart out every single game

  72. Yodee LaGarcia
    Yodee LaGarcia
    Muaj më parë

    Nobody will ever top A.i.

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  75. TanakinSkywalker
    Muaj më parë

    Westbrook can’t be better he didn’t play in the tougher era

  76. budget prepping
    budget prepping
    Muaj më parë

    Iverson couldn't average double digits in assists. Who was he going to pass to, Eric Snow? An old Matumbo? Westbrook has played with a team with 2 first ballot hall of famers in their prime. He is currently playing with Beal who is the most underrated shooter in the game. Plus AI played when "No harm no foul" was the standard. Players stayed bruised up.. Now the only way a player is bruised up in today's game is from hitting the floor too hard when the flop.

  77. Iam Ramma
    Iam Ramma
    Muaj më parë

    numbers wise russ already better

  78. Von Shep
    Von Shep
    Muaj më parë

    The difference between then is Ai had the nba in his hands he also played wit kd James harden Paul g and never won anything

  79. mike
    Muaj më parë

    Westbrook doesnt care about winning, only stats. Look at the teamates he’s had in his career compared to AI’s. Westbrook could never bring a team to the finals as the #1 guy like AI did

  80. Lotties Hermana
    Lotties Hermana
    Muaj më parë

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  81. jake sciretto
    jake sciretto
    Muaj më parë

    perkins talks like he has the iq of a rock i’m not sure why but i can’t stand him

  82. Shawn Boyer
    Shawn Boyer
    Muaj më parë

    Is he sick?

  83. James Sweeney
    James Sweeney
    Muaj më parë

    Iverson was barely 6 feet and 165. Come on man

  84. Willie Paul
    Willie Paul
    Muaj më parë

    A.I had a defense HOF player on his team. If he didn't have Mutombo on the team he wouldn't have made it to the finals. Mutombo was a double double player adding 3-5 blocks a game. So stop saying he did it by himself!!!.

  85. King
    Muaj më parë

    You could say Westbrook has had a better career but almost anyone with a brain isn't taking Westbrook over AI if you want to win

  86. Anthony Wall
    Anthony Wall
    Muaj më parë

    Maybe in numbers, but not in the eyes of fans.

  87. Antonio Jesus
    Antonio Jesus
    Muaj më parë

    He’s the Answer every generation will talk about him not so much about westbrook. I think Allen Iverson has had the better career.

  88. Keith Jenkins
    Keith Jenkins
    Muaj më parë

    John Beal is having a good career

  89. DAY DAY
    Muaj më parë

    A.i carried the weakest team to the finals ion gone say weak but everybody expect him was out of they prime

  90. Andre Phillips
    Andre Phillips
    Muaj më parë

    I think sometimes max just loves to go against everyone. Westbrook all day

  91. choice12ozborne
    Muaj më parë

    How many triple-doubles did Allen Iverson have in his career? Right. That's why I'm taking Russell Westbrook

  92. Jonathan Harris
    Jonathan Harris
    Muaj më parë

    Iverson was a winner 💯 Russ barely winning games. PLUS Iverson was waaaay more marketable. Let me know when Russ’ brand is as popular as I3??

  93. LaRon Virgil
    LaRon Virgil
    Muaj më parë

    AI lead in steals how many years??? Exactly..stop it

  94. BoyzNTheShed
    Muaj më parë

    Better career- Westbrook Better player- Iverson

  95. og sama
    og sama
    Muaj më parë

    AI is a icon but Westbrook already has a better career

  96. jesse perez
    jesse perez
    Muaj më parë

    Westbrook is 10x better! Not even close

  97. Corey Jones
    Corey Jones
    Muaj më parë

    Kerrick perkins need to do alot of homework.

  98. Daquan Greene
    Daquan Greene
    Muaj më parë

    Has Carmelo died?

  99. Daquion Tate
    Daquion Tate
    Muaj më parë

    Why are these videos so addicting

  100. Blac Savage
    Blac Savage
    Muaj më parë

    Allen Iverson way better than Russell Westbrook no question asked