James Harden says it should be ‘an easy transition’ for Rockets to incorporate Russell Westbrook
Harden says because he and Westbrook both trust each other, the duo will be able to play together on the court despite critics saying the two MVPs won’t be able to co-exist:
. @JHarden13 at Academy for kids surprise shopping spree. Harden on adding Russ. "It works, It's that trust factor. I trust him, he trusts me, w/ the group that we have & the things we've already accomplished, it should be an easy transition for him to be incorporated right in." pic.twitter.com/fgUwcEIjt8
— Adam Wexler (@KPRC2AdamW) July 19, 2019
Because James Harden and Russell Westbrook are ball-dominant players, many pundits believe the Rockets are going to turn into a “my turn, your turn” type of offense. That type of basketball usually struggles to work in the NBA. Both superstars are going to have to make adjustments for this to work in Houston.
A case can be made the Rockets should 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, which will free up Harden for wide-open looks from the perimeter. Westbrook isn’t a reliable shooter from the 3-point line. Teams are likely going to be content with leaving Westbrook open from deep if Harden collapses the defense on his drives to the hoop.
All eyes are going to be on the Rockets in 2019-20. People want to see if Harden and Westbrook can actually play together and lead Houston to a championship.