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NBA Trades: 3 Reasons why Russell Westbrook will be a good fit for Houston Rockets

Achyut Dubey
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2.53K   //    13 Jul 2019, 13:01 IST

#2 The Rockets now possess two former MVPs that complement each other's game fairly well

Two former MVPs sharing the court in Houston
Two former MVPs sharing the court in Houston

This past season, Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the third straight year. Despite being competent enough to average over 30+ throughout a season, he took the role of the facilitator with George as he soared with MVP numbers in what turned out to be his last season with the Thunder.

In the process, Westbrook ended up with numbers like 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game across the 73 games he played. He exhibited the ability to efficiently play alongside an offensive beast by taking a half-step back, and that is just what he needs to replicate in Houston as well.

For obvious reasons, Coach D'Antoni will run the bulk of offense through James, with Russell as the favored secondary option. Westbrook can then play his natural game which comprises of active defense - averaged 1.9 steals per game in 2018-19 - and explosive offense with a superhuman ability to get to the rim, without the added pressure of being the focal point of their offensive schemes.

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