Rival NBA executive believes Russell Westbrook will have his best season since his MVP campaign
Plenty of good storylines are already set for the 2019-20 NBA season. Among them is the reuniting of former Oklahoma City Thunder draftees Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who will team up with the Houston Rockets after Westbrook was sent to Houston in exchange for Chris Paul and a number of future draft considerations.
But as Westbrook and Harden join forces for the first time since 2012, there is reason to be skeptical about the success that the two will have together. After all, they are both ball-dominant guards that struggle to make plays and fill space off the ball, which does not appear to be the best look in Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system.
For all of the questions that surround the clashing play styles of the two star guards, one executive told Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger that he actually thinks Westbrook will have his best season since his 2016-17 MVP campaign:
“I expect him to have his best season since the MVP season [2016-17],” another rival exec told B/R.
Westbrook is one of the most passionate and energetic players in basketball. He wears his emotions on his sleeve every single night, and always competed his heart out in Oklahoma City. And yet, it is possible that the move to Houston will prove to be an even greater motivator.
The Rockets have consistently been stifled by the Golden State Warriors, and now face a Western Conference that is beyond loaded. Westbrook himself has been out in the first round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons. Both sides have plenty to strive for as they look to get over the hump.
Only time will tell whether or not Westbrook and Harden can help each other reach new heights.