#4 Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is another ball-dominant point guard who is in the conversation most seasons as an MVP candidate. The problem with Westbrook, though, is his style of play is outdated and does not fit the current style employed in the NBA. So, while he is successful and highly productive, it's not a style of play that has led to championships for the OKC Thunder.
Three straight seasons of averaging a triple-double is simply outstanding. However, in a league that values shooters, and long-range shooting, Westbrook is a career 30% shooter from the 3-point arc and has shot below 30% from that range each of the last two years. If he is getting worse at this ultra-important skill at age thirty, his usefulness to the Rockets will wane quickly.
In a poll put out by the Athletic, earlier this season, Westbrook's colleagues, at least 47 of them listed him anonymously as the most overrated player in the league. Westbrook is owed an unbelievably high amount over the next 4 years at a total of $170 million.
Now that he has been traded to Houston, he will play alongside a former OKC Thunder teammate and fellow ball-dominant guard in Houston. Something has to give between how much Harden and Westbrook handle the ball. Its likely Westbrook's production will have to be sacrificed for the good of the team.Published 23 Jul 2019, 12:38 IST