Russell Westbrook reiterates that he’s the best playmaker in the NBA after having broken the triple double record last night.
As the NBA has evolved, fans have seen the progression of what a point guard has been able to do. From Pete Maravich to Magic Johnson to now, guys like Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry dominating the game the way they do. Whether it’s Curry or Dame’s long-range shooting or Russ’s explosive power to drive to the rim, guards at the 1 have developed an inordinate amount of skill.
However, one thing has remained constant and that’s that point guards of this generation and guards previous generations have known how to orchestrate an offense. Magic did it in the 80s, Nash did it in the 2000s, and Russell Westbrook has certainly been able to do it alongside superstars like Chris Paul in the 2010s.
The 2017 MVP has been proving doubters wrong all season long by absolutely filling up the stats sheet night in and night out. Along with put up points and rebounding numbers in double digits, Russ is also averaging double digits in assists on the season.
Russell Westbrook still believes that he’s the best playmaker in the NBA.
After having dished out a career high 24 assists a week ago, Russell Westbrook proclaimed that he was indeed the best playmaker in all of basketball. Now, after having broken the record for most triple doubles recorded in a season with 182, he reiterates this same statement.
“Like I said last week, I’m the best playmaker in this league.”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 11, 2021
Going off by the stats, it’s no question that Russell Westbrook is an elite playmaker in the league today. He’s averaging 11.2 assists on the season and has recorded 3 20-assists games this season, while the rest of the league has merely one such game under its belt.
He also leads the league with the most games played with 10+ assists at a whopping 46 while the player in second place here on this list is Trae Young who sits well behind at 28.
Russ generates a bevy of his dishes through aggressive drives to the rim, something only a few players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James have the ability to do, in terms of how well they can collapse the opposing defense. He’s also great at swinging the ball across on the perimeter to get his teammates open looks for 3. It’s safe to say that Brodie is an all-around playmaker is in the upper echelon of floor generals this season.