Houston Rockets Introduce Russell Westbrook

Billy Woods | July 27th, 2019

The Houston Rockets held a press conference for their newest addition. Earlier in the month, the Rockets traded point guard Chris Paul, two future first-round picks and two future first-round pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder for point guard Russell Westbrook.

sports.yahoo.com

The trade added to the Thunders plethora of draft picks for the next half decade and saved them salary cap space in the long run. It also reunited former Thunder teammates Westbrook and James Harden.

Westbrook and Hardens young careers simultaneously merged with one another. Westbrook excelled as the Thunders starting point guard while Harden enjoyed Sixth Man of the Year honors, holding down the bench unit for the surging young squad.

The trio of Westbrook, Harden and Kevin Durant succeeded early and earned a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals, only to lose in five games to the LeBron James led Miami Heat. The future was bright in Oklahoma City.

Fast forward seven years, Durant is on the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving and Harden and Westbrook are together on the Rockets. The story of the young Thunder team is a sad one with many “what if” moments.

As for the Rockets, the pairing of Westbrook and Harden creates many questions for the offensive scheme. Both players are top five in usage rate every season. Both players are also high-volume scorers, with Westbrook being an inefficient one at that. He is notorious for being a low 40 percent shooter. Match Westbrook’s inefficient scoring with the high turnovers and below average defensive effort from both players and this has all the makings of a potential dumpster fire.

A change of the coach has been in question this off-season for the Rockets. Mike D’Antoni’s three-point shooting offense won’t be as effective when Westbrook is playing off-ball. He’s one of the worst long-distance shooters in the league, especially given his low IQ attempts.

There might be a problem in Houston given both players quirks. If they can figure out how to manage turnovers and low-quality shot attempts, the Rockets can thrive in the Western Conference. If not, this is a team in danger of missing the playoffs entirely.

Next Article
  • Lamar And Brady Shine, NFL Week 2 Recap

    Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season started to show some weaknesses for teams across the league. The Sunday was highlighted with close games and injuries. Let’s check the action from an exciting Week 2. Cardinals 17, Ravens 23 • Kyler and Lamar battled each other, as both were impressive. Lamar stole the show with...

    Read More
  • Week 2 NFL Matchups

    • Cardinals (0-0-1) at Ravens (1-0). A dynamic matchup between Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson is a must-watch this Sunday. • Cowboys (1-0) tat (0-1). The Redskins allowed the Eagles to score 32 unanswered points in Week 1. The Cowboys look to continue the magic created against the Giants. • Colts (0-1) at Titans (1-0)....

    Read More
  • Melvin Gordon Still Holding Out

    Melvin Gordon still hasn’t reported to the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2019 season, but the running back doesn’t plan to miss the entirety of the season. The Chargers are expecting a huge haul in any trade involving Gordon. Other NFL teams aren’t willing to pay the price for the young running back. It’s easy...

    Read More
  • Buccaneers Stop Panthers Short, Win 20-14

    To most fans estimate, another disappointing primetime matchup between two below average teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upset the Carolina Panthers 20-14 on Thursday Night Football. The most speculated upon play will be the fourth down-play call from head coach Ron Rivera will be discussed in great detail, as the now 0-2 Panthers have suffered...

    Read More
  • Team USA Loses To France And Serbia At FIBA

    Unlike prior years, expectations were low for the Team USA Men’s basketball team. The team was led by a group of young players with no reliable veteran help. That mixture created a close loss the France on Wednesday and an embarrassing loss to Serbia on Thursday. When France beat USA on Wednesday night, center Rudy...

    Read More
  • Yelich Out For Season, Dodgers Clinch NL West

    A wild night of MLB action concluded with the Milwaukee Brewers right-fielder Christian Yelich fracturing his kneecap and the Los Angeles Dodgers clinching the NL West for the seventh consecutive time. The reigning NL MVP was injured in the top of the first inning, when he fouled a pitch off his kneecap in the first...

    Read More
  • Monday Night Football Is Back, Saints And Raiders Win

    It wouldn’t be Monday Night Football without some drama. The first game gifted the football world with an exciting last-second field goal finish to push the New Orleans Saints past the Houston Texans, while the second game saw the underdog Oakland Raiders overcome the Antonio Brown fiasco to upset the Denver Broncos. After last seasons...

    Read More
  • Ravens And Titans Win Big, NFL Sunday Recap

    The opening Sunday for the NFL season always brings surprises. The first Sunday saw two overtime games, multiple blowouts and another reminder to never bet against the New England Patriots. Here’s a recap of a wild NFL Sunday. Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26 • Patrick Mahomes left no doubt this week, passing for 378 yards and...

    Read More