Russell Westbrook is last in true shooting percentage for players taking 15 shots or more
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is having a down season scoring-wise. In fact, according to a poster on Reddit, Westbrook ranks dead last in true shooting percentage among players taking 15 or more shot attempts per game.
Westbrook is averaging just 20.1 points per game this season, his lowest per-game scoring output since his sophomore season. His field goal shooting percentage this season of 42.3 percent isn’t the main suspect of his decline to the bottom of this list. However, his three-point shooting and free-throw shooting percentages this season both have something to do with that.
The former MVP is shooting just 23.6 percent from deep this year (compared to his career mark of 30.8 percent). His free-throw percentage has also taken a massive hit, as he is nailing just a career-low 60.8 percent of his freebies. He is a career 80.9 percent shooter from the stripe, thus one has to wonder what happened with Westbrook’s free-throw shooting this season.
These marks could be concerning if the Thunder are losing. However, OKC is rolling right now despite Westbrook’s sub-par offensive output. In fact, his lighter offensive load has arguably been better for Oklahoma City this season. Paul George has taken over as the team’s primary offensive weapon this season and is the team’s leading scorer.
Westbrook taking a back seat to George in terms of offensive output has done wonders for the other aspects of his game. His defense has vastly improved this season compared to years past. Moreover, the 6-foot-3 super athlete is poised to have another historical year production-wise, and could have another triple-double season for the third straight time with averages of 10.8 rebounds and 10.3 assists to go along with his 20.1 points.