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Patrick Beverley thinks Russell Westbrook, James Harden will work in Houston

Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverley

Los Angeles Clippers guard and former Houston Rocket Patrick Beverley thinks the Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing in Houston is going to work.

The Rockets acquired Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster trade. Houston sent Chris Paul and draft picks to OKC.

Beverley, who doesn’t have the best relationship with Westbrook, is happy for the Rockets and the city of Houston:

The NBA world is eager to see how Russell Westbrook and James Harden are going to make this work. Both former MVPs need the ball in their hands to be effective, as neither star is used to playing off the ball much. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is going to be under a lot of pressure to make this dynamic duo work in Houston.

Westbrook has averaged a triple-double three seasons in a row. Harden, meanwhile, has led the NBA in scoring the past two seasons. Harden is a better shooter than Westbrook by a wide margin, while Westbrook is an elite slasher and finisher at the rim. Both superstars are going to have to adjust their games in 2019-20. Rockets fans are excited to see the two friends play together, but understand it’s not always going to be pretty.

Patrick Beverley and the Clippers had a big offseason as well. The Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors and Clippers look like the elite teams in the Western Conference now, and it’s going to be a dogfight all season.