So, Westbrooks scoring expectations got skewed by his MVP season and by the year KD was injured. Lets break it down. Westbrook, for his entire career, has been a true point guard. He is one of the best distributors in this generation. Probably all time. Yeah he makes some bad decisions in the clutch but that is just a meme. People who have followed his career know what he does. He has always been a Superstar caliber point guard playing *next to* a Superstar caliber small forward. That is what he was from the time he was drafted until KD left. His average numbers from the years with KD (not including the year KD was injured where Russ was the #1 option): 20.8 PPG, 5.4 TRB, 7.4 APG, 1.7 SPG Now, where it gets skewed and our perspective of Westbrook as a player gets skewed are his numbers as the number one option. His scoring. In the three years Westbrook played as a #1 option (2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18) he averaged: 28.3 PPG, 9.4 TRB, 9.8 APG, and 1.8 SPG So Westbrook as a #1 option this year is indeed having a down year because he isnt the damn #1 option. He is back in his role next to a Superstar small forward (Paul George) and Westbrook in his true role is still very much in his absolute prime averaging: 21.2 PPG, 11.1 TRB, 11.2 APG, and 2.3 SPG Also he is shooting 41% from the field compared to his career average of 43% from the field. So Westbrook is having a 2% slump and everyone is ignoring that the real Westbrook is better than hes ever been. Just my thoughts.
I’m sorry, but no matter how you frame it sub 50% TS on high volume is very detrimental to your team. If he lowered his shot attempts then I’d understand your argument and all this fawning over how he’s changed his role and what not i see on this su
Exactly. He’s a great player still without question but these mental gymnastics to somehow argue his 48 TS% is because he’s taking 1 less shot a game are astounding. He has never had a TS% this bad, even his rookie season. It’s hard to find anot
for real shouldnt your TS% go up shooting less?
Westbrook has the worst TS% for a 20+ scorer in the 3 point era when compared to league average TS%. Its not even really close either. Only 3 qualifying players were below Westbrook in TS%, but those were in 02, 03, and 04 when the league was at or belo
His TS is sub 50% thats god awful and off the top of my head no star has ever been this inefficient and bad at scoring.
[Only Antoine Walker ever shot so much so inefficiently](https://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=single&type=totals&per_minute_base=36&per_poss_base=100&season_start=1&season_end=-1&lg_id=
Westbrooks is even worse though in context. Average this season is 55.8% TS. Average in 03 was 51.9% TS. So the league has gotten 3.9% better as a whole and Westbrook is only ahead of Walker by 1.2%.
Ah yes, The National TS% Association.
OKC. Where efficiency and shooting percentages go to die as serious metrics. Do you guys have a rotation for whos got lookout in case a Westbrook discussion pops up?
Ah yes... who cares how often the ball goes in the hoop? Its not like you win NBA games doing that.
It’s crippling his ability to score. Not something you should be making light of
TS is a stat to calculate overall efficiency, efficiency is one of the more important things for a sport where the goal is to get the ball in the basket in a limited number of attempts
Efficient scoring is the most important attribute in basketball.
Who gives a fuck about his true shooting. The guy is one of the scariest downhill threats in the league. One of the best passers in the league. Defense has been way better this season even with some uncalled for gambling. Teams still defend his shot wheth
Its called True shooting percent because its a stat that gives a TRUE measurement of efficiency has nothing to do with the kind of player.
Yeah that’s why Giannis has a 63 TS%. He’s a true shooter alright
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What is that suppose to show us?
.415/.246/.646 with a career low .479 TS% is a bad season.
A bad shooting season
I love Russ as much of the next guy. But quit lying to yourself
His TS is awful though. He’s also attempting 4.5 3s/g at a .246 clip
Take smart shots and set up teammates that’s how he should have been playing instead of trying to clutch everything himself. Still needs work on his shot iq
I think that ship has sailed
He’s not having a good season and attempts to frame it otherwise just come off as desperate.
He also called him one of the best distributors of all time...
Is he not? Hes at least top 15 right now
Yes he is, hes been the best passer in the NBA and has played by far the best defense of his career. Is it the best of his career? No, not even close. But to act like hes not even having a good season is ridiculous.
Is he having a good season relative to the average NBA player? Obviously. But relative to star players? No.
Hes having one of the least efficient scoring seasons in NBA history for a scorer. Its historically bad. Hes honestly at best a top twenty player this season despite the counting stats. Hes shooting that fucking bad that fucking much. Thank God OKC ha
Not one of. It’s literally *the worst* scoring season of any 20+ PPG scorer
Have you learned nothing from Thunder fans? Efficiency is erroneous. It literally doesnt mean a thing.
Westbrook fanboys owe PG for the rest of their lives. If he went to LA, the Thunder would be 12th or 13th right now and Westbrook would be getting shat on daily
Just like LeBron fans owe Ray Allen, Kobe fans owe Shaq, Jordan fans owe Pippen. This argument just doesn’t fly
I disagree, his 2016 season was better in that regards, with solid D and great passing. Also 2% slump is disingenuous when you take into account his shooting in [pretty much every area that arent layups are all career lows](https://www.basketball-referenc
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The only reason youre saying this is because the team is winning. And the team is winning mostly because of Paul George having a career season. Westbrook has been much better than this in the past. Georges season is just making Westbrooks underperforman
it’s amazing how much hate a player gets for averaging a triple double on a top 3 team in the west
I agree. Westbrooks impact on sheer winning is peaking right now.
shut up and let me circlejerk
We know that but he still needs to shoot better
westbrooks historically bad shooting is getting covered up by PGs MVP year
westbrook cult be like