With Russell Westbrook On Board, Are The Houston Rockets Title Contenders?

Russell Westbrook has left the Oklahoma City Thunder behind to play for the Houston Rockets, and team up with MVP hopeful, James Harden. Westbrook won the MVP award in 2017 and Harden won it in 2018. Teaming them up could make them one of the most unplayable teams in the NBA, but will that lead them to championship glory?

With Russell Westbrook On Board, Are The Houston Rockets Title Contenders?

Losing An Icon

To get Westbrook to Houston, the Rockets had to let go of their nine-time All-Star point guard, Chris Paul. What they are losing in one outstanding player, they are gaining with another. In the past three seasons, Westbrook has averaged a triple-double per game, one of only two people in the history of the NBA to do this. The Rockets are going to be adding even more points to their roster with Westbrook.

Wanting To Play With Harden

Westbrook’s new coach at Houston, Mike D’Antonio, claims that Westbrook wanted to come to the Rockets specifically to play with Harden. While Westbrook doesn’t dominate in his shooting from distance, Harden does. Where Westbrook will help the Rockets is in making explosive bursts to the basket to score or assist, which is something he’s been doing for years.

With Russell Westbrook On Board, Are The Houston Rockets Title Contenders?

Figuring It Out

D’Antonio says great players figure out a way to play with each other and says Harden got the job done with Russell Westbrook when they went to the Olympics in 2012. They know they can play together so now it’s all about chasing that championship. The Rockets are going to be one of the teams to look out for in the next NBA season so long as the chemistry between Harden and Westbrook works.

As long as the pair work together and aren’t trying to outdo each other, they can form a devastating duo that few teams could handle.