Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta calls Russell Westbrook one of the greatest transitional players of all time
Westbrook is one of the most athletic players in the game. He’s a blur in the open court, impossible to stay in front of and can get to the rim at will while finishing in heavy traffic with his nuclear athleticism.
Rockets owner @TilmanJFertitta: "What you have in Russell Westbrook – and this is a fact – is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, transitional player of all time in the NBA."https://t.co/nsMUNFyVNu
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) September 21, 2019
When Russell Westbrook is pushing the ball in the open court, he’s going to collapse the defense when he gets to the basket, which will free up the Rockets shooters for wide-open looks from beyond the arc.
You don’t average a triple-double three years in a row without being a special talent. Westbrook put up 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists in 2018-19 while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Rockets expect Westbrook to shoot the ball better with them since he’ll have more space to shoot playing alongside James Harden, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon.
The Rockets would be wise to make Westbrook the full-time point guard and Harden the full-time shooting guard. Westbrook is more explosive than Harden and can break defenses down by attacking the basket with his elite speed, which will free up Harden for wide-open looks from the perimeter.