Rockets’ Russell Westbrook A No-Brainer For All-Star Roster

Westbrook is averaging the most points (26.3) since his MVP campaign three years ago.

Brandon Scott
January 31, 2020 - 11:30 am

(SportsRadio 610) It was a crowded field to land a spot as a Western Conference All-Star reserve. 

One of the heavy debates on Twitter after the reserves were announced was how Utah’s Donovan Mitchell could be selected over Phoenix’s Devin Booker, who has been better this season by virtually every metric. 

He’s also been better than Rockets’ star Russell Westbrook. 

But no one is credibly arguing against Westbrook’s place on the team. 

There were questions about how the former MVP would fit on the Rockets since being traded from Oklahoma City before the season. 

Can he play more efficiently?

Will he have the green light to shoot 3s like most of his teammates, and the wisdom to stick to his strengths?

Westbrook has answered those questions emphatically on the way to his ninth career All-Star appearance.

He’s taking advantage of smaller guards in the post and has been the Rockets’ more reliable star recently between him and James Harden, who was voted as a starter in the All-Star game.

Westbrook is averaging the most points (26.3) since his MVP campaign three years ago. He’s averaging just over 32 points in 11 games he’s played since New Year’s Eve (Westbrook rests on either the front or back end of back-to-back games). 

Meanwhile, Harden is averaging around 28.5 points in 12 games played over that same time frame.

It would have been difficult to keep Westbrook out of this game. 

No longer is it a question of whether Westbrook, recently the Rockets' most reliable player, “fits.”

He’s risen to the occasion as an individual player. He’s brought speed and a sense of urgency to a squad sometimes lacking it.

Are the Rockets committed to defense as a team?

Can they parlay two All-Stars to a deep playoff run?

Is the team itself deep enough?

All of that is still up in the air.

Westbrook, though, is definitely an All-Star.

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