It’s probably about time we put some respect on the man’s name.
Russell Westbrook, who for years has taken a beating from the fans and the more analytically inclined media members, is the same player he’s always been. It’s just taken us until now to fully appreciate him.
If the world didn’t yet appreciate Westbrook the player, Monday night’s historic performance — 14 points, 21 rebounds and 24 assists — did the trick.
It’s only the third time in NBA history that a player has gone for 20-plus rebounds and 20-plus assists in a game. The first was NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. The second? Russell Westbrook back in 2019.
Few saw this coming when the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards swapped their polarizing point guards in the offseason— John Wall was sent to Houston and Westbrook to Washington. It was simply seen as two teams trading away one problematic, overpaid superstar for another.
As it turns out, the two point guards shouldn’t