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Is Russell Westbrook really the 10th best PG in the NBA?


Making player rankings in the offseason is normal for sports websites - it gets the fans, analysts, and even the players talking. HoopsHype ranked the best point guards in the NBA for next season and Russell Westbrook's rank raised a lot of eyebrows. Are there really nine better point guards than Brodie?

Led the league in assists

Last season, Westbrook put up 11.7 assists per game for the Wizards, which was the most in the NBA. Based on this stat alone, it seems absurd Brodie was ranked as the 10th best PG, particularly when you look up and see Ben Simmons on the 9th spot. 

Westbrook and Chris Paul, who was ranked 5th, are the only ones who have led the league in assists multiple times in the list provided by Hoops Hype. Passing ability and floor leadership are two of the primary abilities of a point guard, and certainly, Westbrook has those. 

  1. Steph Curry
  2. Damian Lillard
  3. Kyrie Irving
  4. Trae Young
  5. Chris Paul
  6. Ja Morant
  7. Jrue Holiday
  8. Da'Aron Fox
  9. Ben Simmons
  10. Russell Westbrook
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Stephen Curry was listed as the top point guard for next season. Only he and Brodie have won MVP in the NBA. Based on numbers and individual awards alone, Brodie deserved to be in the top five at least. 

Postseason record woes 

Skip and Shannon talked about Brodie’s rankings, discussing why he's ranked so low. Firstly, Westbrook’s postseason record was brought up - he holds a 55-56 win-loss record in his career playoff games. A sub .500 winning percentage could be worrying since Westbrook played with some great players in the past, namely, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. 

As mentioned in the video, postseason woes are not entirely the fault of Russell alone. But somehow, it takes away the shine of his brilliance. Westbrook has a track record of suspicious decision-making in the postseason. He has a chance to reverse that discussion next year with the Los Angeles Lakers. If him teaming up with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Carmelo Anthony does not result in a Finals appearance, their season would be labeled a failure.

So, what does Westbrook still need to do to improve his ranking among point guards in the NBA? Experts claim he can still improve his shooting, especially behind the 3-point line. That's highly doubtful. The top three on the list, Curry, Dame Lillard, and Kyrie Irving are all reliable shooters. Cutting down turnovers is also one thing. If Brodie can improve in these two areas, we’re going to see him higher in next year’s best PG list for sure. 

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