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In this era of NBA basketball, few players are as polarized as Russell Westbrook. The Washington Wizards lost 120-91
Westbrook had 16 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, while his Wizards had 29 points. This is provided by the 14-34 team.
Washington’s point guard led the league with a triple-double, and in that game the team is now 8-10.
Scoring efficiency (or lack of scoring efficiency) is the easiest culprit to spot. His effective field goal percentage is almost seven points of the league average. On Thursday, he needed 16 shots to score 16 points, and he scored 6-1 from the free throw line.
In order to overcome many mistakes, Westbrook must be surrounded by shootings. This season, he has not been here. The Wizards without the name Rose scored an effective field goal percentage within one-tenth of the average scoring in a league.
Of course, this is not to blame everyone else for the struggle in Washington. A few shots from Westbrook will definitely help. But in the past two seasons, the conversation surrounding the 2016-17 MVP sounded very similar to what Ben Simmons has experienced throughout his career.
We hear more and more about all the errors or omissions in his game, and almost everything he did well is ignored.
It may be unfair to single ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. He was far from the only one who pointed out Westbrook’s flaws, and he was willing to pay to share his views, but after Westbrook’s unprecedented 35 points, 21 assists, and 14 rebounds, his remarks sparked dispute:
Stephen Smith @Stefana smith
Respect Russell Westbrook, but last night’s call was meaningless to me. https://t.co/FRaanNyHpn
Later that day, Westbrook responded.
He told reporters: “…but the one thing I don’t allow to happen again is for people to create narratives and keep just talking about me. This is not for no reason, because I put it online every night. “No other player can sustain the heat like me.”
Fred Katz @Fred Katz
Russell Westbrook answered a two-and-a-half-minute question in response to @stephenasmith’s comment on the “first dish”: “The championship will not change my life. I am very happy. Once in the NBA , I am the champion. I grew up on the street. I am the champion.” Full quote here: https://t.co/wcceIzqQlg
Following Thursday’s triple-double, he averaged 21.7 points, 10.7 assists and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is 32 years old and is expected to triple this for the fourth time in five years. Can you imagine going back 10 years and telling NBA fans that this will happen?
Once (not long ago), Oscar Robertson’s triple-double season was one of those historic sports benchmarks that have never been touched. Just like John Stockton’s assist record or Cal Ripken Jr.’s winning streak, it seems absurd to think of anyone having a triple-double throughout the season. .
Then suddenly Westbrook did it. Then he did it again. Then again. Now, he has done this for the fourth time.
As if he always hunts numbers at the expense of team success, this is not a fair (or accurate) statement. In the Oklahoma City Thunder’s three consecutive triple-double seasons, when Westbrook played, his team had +5.1 points per 100 possessions, compared to -5.2 points per 100 possessions without a game.
In the MVP season alone, Westbrook scored 13.4 points in the team’s net points, which is the 97th percentile in the league.
Plenty will point out the disastrous shooting performance in the playoffs, or that his team has performed well in each of the past two seasons. This is a fact. This is not a lawsuit about what people are and what they are not allowed to say about professional athletes. When countless people repeatedly bring up certain points, it is usually because they are obvious.
But Westbrook is not the first great player of all time.If he completes his career without a championship, he would not become the first great player ever without him. team achievement. But there is no doubt that he is indeed unprecedented.
He currently ranks 27th in NBA history in terms of positive and negative values of his career (as he grows older, his ranking may decline). Hakeem Olajuwon ranked 28th, Kobe Bryant ranked 30th, and Jason Kidd ranked 38th. No one will make a list of historical records based on a comprehensive indicator, but this is at least something to be aware of.
The cumulative version of this statistic (think of points, not points per game) is more valuable than replacement players. Westbrook is in 31st place and there is plenty of time to move up. He has passed Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson and Steve Nash, just to name a few members of the Hall of Fame.
Again, this is not to say that Westbrook’s career is greater than any other player. Just file it under “Things to consider”.
Whether he wins a championship or not, Westbrook’s legacy on the court may be considered one of the most difficult things to analyze, but it is difficult to compare with his self-assessment in many respects.
Good luck and find a game that looks like Westbrook is wandering. Night after night, possession again and again, he gave everything. Do you want to have that and the errors that come with it, or a star who doesn’t care?
He said: “I’m very happy.” “Once I enter the NBA, I am a champion. I grew up on the streets. I am a champion.”
Westbrook will not allow us to define ourselves through evaluations, but this does not mean that they should not include the entire statistics.