The Lakers made a blockbuster move on Draft Night which brings Russell Westbrook to Los Angeles while Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are heading to Washington. A deal of this caliber stole a lot of the news on draft night, especially when there are a host of extremely talented players that will be the future of the NBA. But Westbrook joining the Lakers raises a ton of questions on the team’s ability to contend, and what the 2017 MVP can bring to the 2020 NBA champions.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are widely regarded as the best duo in the NBA when healthy, and they proved that 2 years ago in the “Bubble”. This year, James and Davis missed a ton of games (combined 63 games) and were not available to make the Lakers viable threats in the Western Conference. The result was a first-round exit at the hands of the Western Conference finalist Phoenix Suns, in quite embarrassing fashion. Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the 4th time in his career, but he held a 34-38 record with the Wizards and barely made the playoffs before getting bounced in the first round as well.
Westbrook has not played in an NBA Finals since he was Kevin Durant’s teammate in 2012 and his time will not last forever as he approaches 33 years of age. It all depends if Westbrook can complete a Big Three with a Superteam that will take over the league. It is time to analyze if this blockbuster deal creates the best superteam in the NBA.
Russell Westbrook Is A Triple-Double Machine, And So Is LeBron James
Russell Westbrook receives arguably the most criticism from fans and pundits despite being one of the most gifted players of all time. Westbrook was sensational this season averaging 22.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, and 11.7 APG for the Wizards, in a season with very few bright spots. Other than Bradley Beal who averaged 31.3 PPG, Washington had no other player perform on a consistent level especially with starting center Thomas Bryant only playing 10 games. Despite the adversity Washington faced, Westbrook overcame a slow start to the season to help the Wizards make the playoffs.
At his position, Westbrook will always be a triple-double threat. He acts as a center for the teams he plays for by grabbing rebounds and always hovering around the basket, while his vertical makes him a great option to contest shots around the rim. Having a triple-double threat means that Westbrook can influence the game when his shot isn’t falling or his teammates aren’t hitting shots. The Lakers have the privilege of having LeBron James, another triple-double threat.