6ft 3″ Russell Westbrook is Shooting Better than Klay Thompson from the 3-Point Line this Season

Arjun Julka
|Published November 18, 2022

One month into the NBA season, there have been a lot of surprising observations. Franchises with big names like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant fall below the +500 mark. An evident shift in the dynamics has been witnessed, with young talents like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Ja Morant, and Donovan Mitchell ruling the roost.

Another development originating from the state of California that has our attention is Lakers guard Russell Westbrook having better shooting splits than former 3-point contest champion Klay Thompson. While this might have many of us scratching our heads, statistics don’t lie.

It’s been a rough start for Thompson, who continues to revive his A-game post missing two and a half seasons due to catastrophic injuries. On the other hand, Westbrook has exceeded expectations in his bench role, having found a new lease of life.

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Recent stats indicate Westbrook has a higher shooting efficiency than Thompson, no matter what range.

Russell Westbrook is shooting better than Klay Thompson from the 3-point line.

As shocking as it may sound, it is nothing but the truth. Westbrook, who for the longest time was categorized as a poor shooter from beyond the arc and mocked for the same, has a higher efficiency than 3-point savant Thompson.

The 6ft 3″ former MVP is averaging 16.3 PPG, 7.2 APG, and 5.5 RPG on 41/34/81 shooting splits. On the other hand, Thompson has witnessed an evident dip in his numbers, averaging 15.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 2.4 APG on 35/33/81 splits.

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Surprisingly, Thompson is a career 41.5% shooter from the 3-point line and is close to 85% from the free-throw line. The five-time All-Star hopes to flip the narrative as the season proceeds as he stands at the most testing time of his career.

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The Warriors guard’s journey has been nothing short of inspiring, given his comeback post back-to-back ACL and Achilles injuries. One cannot overlook Thompson’s contribution to the Warriors’ recent championship run, but one cannot deny the rapid decline in his numbers.

In what many believe, the four-time champion’s grave injuries have robbed him off the latter prime of his career. Nonetheless, the 32-year-old has time till the end of the season to find his groove back.

Also read: “Anthony Davis for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green”: Stephen A. Smith Proposes Wild Lakers-Warriors Trade

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Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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