Many could argue that the 2016-2017 was the best of his career. After all, the point guard was leading the Thunder to wins and he won the league MVP award. Aside from Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Enes Freedom managed the most points per game for the Thunder; neither is really considered to be a star.
Now, Russ plays for the Lakers alongside Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Anthony Davis. In 2017, we would say this team could not be beat! But today, they rank 9th in the NBA Western Conference. This season, Westbrook has made just 43% of his shots, shooting basically the same percentage as Rajon Rondo. He is shooting 67% from the free throw line, which is almost as bad as big-man Dwight Howard’s percentage.
Westbrook has been so bad lately that other players are starting to talk. Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns held his nose at the bench and said: “He’s trash” when Russell fired an airball in a recent game. Here was his response:
Russell Westbrook on the Timberwolves’ trash talk:
“Their trash talking doesn’t bother me. Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”
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His failure to perform can be chalked up to a failure to execute when his number is called. Westbrook struggles with turnovers, but along with that, stats prove that his shooting has been terrible over the past few years. Once highly regarded as a shooter and someone who can drive in the paint, Russell Westbrook is struggling to find any rhythm. Can he find his place again? Yes, but it would take ideal conditions that he likely won’t find in LA.