Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-September, and was scheduled for re-evaluation on October 10.

As of Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard still hasn’t been cleared to practice, per ESPN’s Royce Young.

Update on Russell Westbrook: He is still not cleared for full practice and is said to be progressing on schedule. Participating in some “controlled contact” portions of practice. Billy Donovan wouldn’t say whether or not Westbrook is expected to be available opening night.

— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 11, 2018

With Westbrook in doubt for the Thunder’s season opener, at what point in the draft should you draft him to your fantasy team?

The Case for Drafting Russell Westbrook

Triple-doubles. Need I say more? The point guard averaged one in each of the past two seasons, coming away with 1.6 steals per game in 2016-17 and 1.8 per contest last season.

Westbrook also has a history of returning from knee surgery ahead of schedule. He underwent surgery on his right knee on October 1, 2013 — his second surgery on the knee in six months — and was expected to miss the first four-to-six weeks of the season.

The point guard missed only two games before debuting on November 3.

The Case Against Drafting Russell Westbrook

However, later that season, Westbrook required another arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He returned two months later, but played just 46 games on the year.

In September 2017, Westbrook underwent a platelet rich plasma injection in one of his knees, though there’s some debate as to which one — Young reported it was his right, but the NBA’s global website said it was his left.

Considering Westbrook’s age (he turns 30 in November) and workload (he has the second-highest usage percentage of all time, and has finished in the top six in the league in usage in each of the last seven seasons), the point guard’s history of knee surgeries should concern anyone drafting him.

The Verdict

In Yahoo fantasy leagues, Westbrook is ninth in both average draft slot in snake drafts, at 9.3, and average cost in auction drafts, at $57.5.

In both cases, he trails James Harden (1.7; $75.1), Anthony Davis (2.2; $77.4), Giannis Antetokounmpo (3.4; $74.2), Stephen Curry (5.1; $70), LeBron James (5.2; $68.4), Karl-Anthony Towns (5.7; $69), Kevin Durant (5.9; $69.5), and Nikola Jokic (8.9; $59.3).

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