The three-time All-Star needed the operation after experiencing swelling in his right knee -- caused by a loose stitch from the first procedure --, which he injured during last season's playoffs. He had surgery on the same knee in May to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti said that the swelling in Westbrook's knee was caused by a loose stitch from the previous surgery and that Westbrook's meniscus has healed properly.
Westbrook averaged 23.2 points and 7.4 assists last season for the Thunder, who finished with the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. He was injured in Game 2 of a first-round series against the Houston Rockets when Rockets guard Patrick Beverly accidentally slammed into his knee.
OKC doesn’t have a player as dynamic of a scorer that Westbrook is on their roster so replacing him is really not a possibility. The Thunder, who were third in the NBA in scoring (105.7 ppg), also lost shooting guard Kevin Martin in free agency so scoring could be a problem for the Thunder in the early going.
Third-year pro Reggie Jackson will likely get the first opportunity to replace Westbrook at the point. Jackson, 23, averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 during the regular season but stepped up his production in the playoffs. He averaged 13.9 points, 3.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 11 playoff games. Veteran Derek Fisher, an excellent three-point shooter throughout his career, and 24-year old Diante Garrett are the other two point guards in camp.
The Thunder are also counting on increased production from second-year players Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones along with veteran Serge Ibaka. Lamb, who averaged 3.1 points in 6.4 minutes of playing time last season, and Jones, who averaged 2.3 points a game in 7.4 minutes of action, were both first round draft selections and they both are tremendously talented.
Lamb has impressed his teammates so far at camp, specifically Kevin Durant, according to the Daily Thunder . "Lamb has been looking great," Durant said. "You can really tell he's been working”
Ibaka was more of a threat on the offensive end last season. For the first time in his career, Ibaka averaged double figures (!3.2) in scoring. He shot a career-high 67,3 percent from the field. Ibaka averaged 12.8 points during the postseason though he averaged 12.2 shots a game and shot 43.7 percent from the field.