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.
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.