Russell Westbrook’s Teammates Swear by His Impact

December 14th, 2016 by Jon Hamm Leave a reply »

Playing with a dominant one-man show like Russell Westbrook can be difficult for some. Such is life when dealing with an often-stubborn alpha male.

For example, Howard Beck wrote in July that Kevin Durant's departure to Golden State was largely due to frustrations with the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard.

But plenty of other players have managed to mesh and flourish with the NBA's most implosive and explosive star.

Current OKC guard Victor Oladipo shoots much more effectively when he's on the floor with Westbrook, according to stats collected from When paired with the Thunder All-Star, Oladipo hits over 50 percent of his shots and scores 1.22 points per possession. Those same numbers plummet to 35.8 percent and 0.87 points per possession with Westbrook on the bench.

Oklahoma City was without Oladipo for Tuesday night's 114-95 drubbing at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. Westbrook "struggled" without his team's only real co-scorer, going 7-of-19 from the field for 20 points, six b ...

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