It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers need a point guard. With the questioned future of impending free agent Dennis Schroder, there is a glaring hole in the position. It’s widely speculated that the Lakers are going to either move on from Schroder or use him in a sign-and-trade. If that is the case, two elite point guards are on the table in Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.
Paul is coming off an unexpected trip to the NBA Finals, which was his first in his career. At 36 years old, Paul is still searching for that first championship ring. He has a player option and some believe that he could decline that option to explore all of his options.
Another player that is swirling around the rumor mill in Westbrook. Westbrook recently played for his third team in three seasons. After a disappointing first-round playoff exit, which was a hard-fought playoff berth after securing the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference, some believe the 32-year old could be moved, so Washington can fully rebuild. After all, Westbrook’s stock is still high, despite a high salary, after averaging his fourth triple-double in a season.
Despite there being other options out there, the two best options are Paul and Westbrook given the state of the win-now Lakers. The question is which is the better option?
Who Is The Better Fit With LeBron?
LeBron needs someone who can take some of the offensive load off his shoulder. While Paul is known for his midrange game, Westbrook is more of a complete package when it comes to scoring. Westbrook can stuff a stat sheet because he is one of the best overall finishers at the rim. Westbrook is also a two-time NBA scoring champion, winning the title in 2015 (28.1 PPG), and 2017 (31.6 PPG). Paul hasn’t averaged over 20.0 points per game since the 2008-2009 campaign. That was also the same season as his career-high, which was 22.8.
With that said, LeBron’s game is known for its usage in the offense. LeBron hasn’t averaged a usage percentage less than 30% since 2005. Westbrook’s game involves him heavily being used in the offense. According to advanced stats, Westbrook has led the league in usage rate two times, topping off at a career-high of 41.7% in 2016-2017. Westbrook’s usage rate in his team’s offense has exceeded 30% each season since 2010-2011. From 2011-2018, six of those seasons translated to at least five or more offensive win shares.