Like it or not, trust him or not, believe in him or not, you just can’t disrespect Russell Westbrook or deny how incredible he is night in and night out, and although he’s yet to win an NBA Championship, he’s a part of world basketball elite and will always be.
The former UCLA Bruin is coming off a career-best season and became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double over a full campaign, taking matters into his own hands after Kevin Durant’s questionable departure to play at the Bay.
Kevin Durant kind of struggled at times to get along in the hardwood with Russell because of how dominant both players are and how many touches they need to get it going offensively and the recent acquisitions of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George aren’t being much help considering they also thrive so much in isolation.
Albeit how good these three players are by themselves, it just feels odd when they’re playing altogether, and they’re not going to go the distance this year if they don’t manage to put their egos aside and work together as a whole.
Last night, they lost against one of the worst teams in the league - Brooklyn Nets 100-95. Oklahoma City Thunder have 11-13 record so far and at this moment they are the biggest disappointment of the season.
Today, we’re going to pretend we can build a starting five around Russell Westbrook, featuring unselfish players that could play for and beside him, and that could definitely lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a Championship.
SG Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley is used to playing in extra passing systems, coming off a Brad Stevens offense that featured a lot of ball movement, and playing beside Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas you know he’s not a selfish guy or a ball hogger, and he’s deadly in off-ball cuts.
Besides, Bradley has settled himself as one of the league’s best backcourt defenders and he’s also capable of being a wing stopper as well, as he’s shown during his Detroit Pistons stint as well. Being a very consistent shooter from all over the hardwood and one of the peskiest defenders you’ll find, he’d form a beauty of a backcourt alongside the Brodie.
SF Robert Covington
Robert Covington is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the league because he plays alongside Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid, but he’s also been extremely productive for the struggling Philadelphia 76ers ever since entering the league, so you know he’s not about the attention and is used to play alongside great talents.
Covington is one of the most reliable shooters from beyond the arc this season (40% in almost 8 shots from deep per game), and he’s a player that won’t hesitate to draw the charge and is deadly in passing lanes, like a younger, better shooting version of Trevor Ariza.
PF Draymond Green
Draymond Green is a fierce dog that can face everybody, a versatile and skilled defender that can guard all 5 spots and a very underrated playmaker that can even free Russell of some ball-handling duties and allow him to thrive with cuts to the basket.
Green is one of the best defenders in the league and can even be a streaky shooter at the four with his ability to stretch the floor. Besides, his hard temper and competitive character would instantly kick off with a player like Westbrook.
C Steven Adams
Steven Adams is actually a perfect and natural fit alongside the Brodie, and they’ve developed a very good chemistry altogether ever since the giant out of New Zealand entered the league, improving on a yearly basis in every aspect of his game.
Adams is a very hardworking guy that won’t make the highlights but has a huge impact on both ends of the floor, especially defensively where he imposes his strong body to protect the rim. He’s a hustler and a fierce fighter that just won’t back down, and he’d form a terrifying and lockdown defensive frontcourt with Green.