Rockets news: Russell Westbrook responds to being ranked No. 23 on Bleacher Reports' top 100 Players
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Russell Westbrook responds to being ranked No. 23 on Bleacher Reports’ top 100 Players

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Houston Rockets superstar point guard Russell Westbrook was ranked as the 23rd best player in the NBA by Bleacher Report.

Upon seeing the rankings, Westbrook took to Instagram to react:

Bleacher Report had this to say in regards to why they ranked Westbrook at 23:

“Still, the first part of the season happened. Russell Westbrook was on course for the fourth-worst true shooting percentage of his career prior to Jan. 1 while firing up far too many threes, during which time the Rockets failed to keep their head above water whenever he played without James Harden. Opponents outscored them by 4.3 points per 100 possessions, with a sub-105 offensive rating, through his solo stints.

“This level of inconsistency is unsettling. The Rockets are significantly worse off, both now and later, if they cannot count on Westbrook to successfully spearhead units without Harden. His most recent performance is proof he still has the impact of a top-25 player, but his top-15 case is no longer airtight. His average rank across six catch-all-metrics, in fact, suggests he should be lower—closer to No. 40 overall than No. 20.”

Before the season was suspended in March, Westbrook was averaging 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for the Rockets. The nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer was shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 25.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Westbrook and the Rockets have already clinched a spot in the 2020 playoffs. The team will use its eight seeding games to knock off the rust after such a long layoff.

The Rockets will face the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers in the seeding games before the 2020 playoffs begin.