Thunder’s Russell Westbrook reaches infamous shooting mark last done in 2002
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is on pace to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season. However, the former NBA Most Valuable Player is struggling to shoot well consistently.
Westbrook had an undesirable feat in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. The 30-year-old guard finished with 26 points but shot just 7-for-30 from the field.
According to a post on Reddit, he became the first player since 2002 to convert just seven field goals on 30 or more attempts. Former Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson was the last player to have such a shooting stat line, when he went 7-for-31 in an 86-82 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 5, 2002.
Westbrook also shot just 9-for-24 in their win against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Earlier this month, the spitfire guard went 3-for-20 in a 107-100 win against, making him just 10-for-50 against the Lakers this season.
His shooting woes has been well-documented this season, as he’s converting just 41.5 percent of his shots. If he fails to get into a consistent rhythm, Westbrook is set to finish with the shooting percentage of his career since a rookie season in which he shot 39.8 percent from the field.
Following a loss to the Dallas Mavericks earlier this month, Westbrook admitted that he has been letting his team down offensively this season, ESPN reported. However, Thunder coach Billy Donovan immediately expressed support to his struggling star, saying that he is not worried about Westbrook’s shooting slump this season:
“Clearly he has shot below what he’s capable of shooting,” Donovan said when asked about Westbrook’s shooting woes this season for OKC. “But like I said earlier, I’m not worried about it.”
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are 26-18 on the season.