When the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook, the expectations from him were very high. He was expected to fulfill the role of a third superstar on the Lakers alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Although Russ had a few good games here and there, he never looked completely settled in with his new team. Adding more trouble to that was AD was not healthy for most of the season, which resulted in LeBron essentially being alone for most of the season.
To be honest, during his prime, Russ was a sensational player. He could demolish any opposition and lead his team to amazing victories. Sadly, it is becoming evident with each passing season that Russ is declining at a very high pace. Despite that, he is good enough as a player to play a supporting role on a championship-caliber team.
Additionally, he could improve his defense and become a defensive leader for the Lakers. But it all starts with Russ accepting this fact and agreeing to coming off the bench next season. NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady recently talked about this very thing and pointed out that Westbrook coming off the bench could solve all the problems for the Lakers.
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