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Russell Westbrook claims his job is to ‘make the game easier for everybody’

Rockets, James Harden, Russell Westbrook

Houston Rockets superstar point guard Russell Westbrook says his job is to “make the game easier for everybody.”

Westbrook believes the preseason is going to be important so he and his new teammates can get accustomed to one another.

Russell Westbrook figures to make his teammates better in Houston. When the former MVP 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.

Westbrook is one of the fastest players in the NBA. 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. Off makes or misses, Westbrook is always a threat to be a one-man fastbreak and get easy baskets, something the Rockets need since they can’t always rely on James Harden or their half-court offense.

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 Harden, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon.