Russell Westbrook is someone who has received a lot of criticism over the past couple of years. Overall, he has regressed in terms of his ability to shoot and rack up the triple-doubles. However, there is no doubt that he can still bring a lot of energy to a team. In fact, he has showcased just that for the Los Angeles Clippers. For the last two years, the Clippers have been a team in need of a point guard. At the tradeline, that is exactly what they secured with Westbrook's signing.
Unfortunately for Westbrook, there were a lot of doubts concerning his new partnership. Although Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were excited to have him on the team, executives were less enthused. There were all sorts of reports claiming that the front office was apprehensive about signing him. Now, however, the Clippers seem to be playing well with Russ at the helm. In fact, he has been so good that a lot of people are beginning to change their tune. As far as his teammates are concerned, they love him.
Russell Westbrook And His New Home
In a piece from the LA Times, it was written that Westbrook is seen as a "a popular addition in the locker room." Moreover, there are various players who love his leadership. One such person is Ivica Zubac, who has seen this team develop over the past few seasons. "Honestly it's way better than I thought it would be and he's fitting in pretty good so far," Zubac said. "He's a great leader also. He's very vocal, something we needed." This is obviously great praise, especially with a potential playoff run on the horizon. Leonard, George, and Russ could very well form a nice big three.
The Western Conference is going to be extremely difficult to get through. Teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and even the Sacramento Kings all have a shot at making the NBA Finals. It is going to be a lot of fun, and if Russ can play at a high level, who knows what will happen to the Clippers. Give us your predictions, in the comments section down below.