Russell Westbrook had one of his worst seasons and despite that, he averaged 18-7-7, if that doesn’t speak volumes we don’t know what will.
We all know that Russell Westbrook was a player that epitomized the athletic guard. The perfect mold of creativity and power. Westbrook attacked methodically and with an athletic explosion that is unrivaled.
The point guard has been bogged down by a new system in which he isn’t the primary ball-handler nor is he the facilitator. Naturally, he regressed and produced numbers that are his lowest since his rookie season.
That says a lot about the type of guard Westbrook is and how he came to make the player mold his own. Here are some of the records he has.
“Some people might swear this player should be in the Top 20 and some people might swear he should be outside of the Top 100.”
— What’s Wright? with Nick Wright (@WhatsWrightShow) May 21, 2022
Despite this, Nick Wright, the NBA media personality chose to place him a lowly 35th in his list of the best players in the last 50 years.
Russell Westbrook should be way higher on any list. Period.
A gentle reminder that Russell Westbrook has averaged a triple-double in 4 seasons! Three seasons in a row.
Normalizing that Westbrook is better than Robertson… pic.twitter.com/uPNXCfvJEb
— Russell Westbrook Stan (@WhyNotBr0die2) May 16, 2022
He is also the only player to record a 20-20-20 game since Wilt Chamberlain. The levels to which Westbrook can go are insane.
Players with 20+ Points, 20+ Rebounds and 20+ Assist in a single game
– Russell Westbrook
– Wilt Chamberlain
In the 75 Years of the NBA, this stat line has been recorded twice pic.twitter.com/p6sfJGuQhd
— NBA Muse (@NBAMuse24) May 18, 2022
He also has two scoring titles. While he may not be seen primarily as a scorer, he is better than most point guards.
Russell Westbrook has 23,207 career points, second among point guards all time.
He only trails Oscar Robertson (26,710)
— westbrookmuse (@westbrookmuse) March 31, 2022
We don’t know what else Nick Wright needs from a player. For him to put a point guard of Russ’ caliber that low sounds more like vindication than an honest take.
Whatever the case, he should certainly be higher and there is no way around that.