his time on the court. At the same time that he was 42nd in the league in true shooting percentage, he was second in the league with 295 turnovers (51.2 percent).
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook did not thrive in the Lakers’ system.
Due to his inability to consistently make outside shots, Westbrook was a mismatch for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The NBA’s all-time leader in triple-doubles had the sixth-worst effective field goal percentage and shot just 29.8 percent from beyond the arc (47.6 percent).
The best baskets made by Russell Westbrook in 2021–2022. The absolute pinnacle of entertaining content pic.twitter.com/ZkXQiJoc2a On January 10, 2022, Pérolas da NBA (@PerolasdaNBA) tweeted: “The NBA awards are here!”
Throughout the season, rumors circulated that Westbrook resented being called out by his coaches while watching film. In an episode of The Athletic NBA Show from July 20, Jovan Buha reported that Westbrook argued when his obvious errors were pointed out.
According to what I heard last season, “Hey, you missed this defensive rotation,” and similar glaring errors were frequently met with “push back” from him during film sessions. According to Buha, “he did not like being the focus of attention during those filming sessions.”
Westbrook, should he choose to remain with the Lakers, will have to work harder to secure a starting role and be more receptive to criticism of his play. Darvin Ham, the new head coach of the Lakers, is free to play Westbrook however he sees fit. According to a piece published by Buha on August 3rd, “Ham will have more power to bench Westbrook down the stretch of games,” and that “power could eventually extend to removing Westbrook from the starting lineup.”
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