That is because his first season with LA was a bit of a struggle.
Actually, that’s something of an understatement because Westbrook had a very inconsistent year and just didn’t seem to fit in the Lakers lineup.
However, this doesn’t mean that Westbrook is a bad player.
In fact, he still holds some impressive statistical records.
Most APG by quarter since 2015:
1st — John Wall (3.2)
2nd — Russell Westbrook (2.5)
3rd — John Wall (2.9)
4th — Russell Westbrook (1.9) pic.twitter.com/GkN1aV2L8j
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 22, 2022
When ranking the most assists per game by quarter since 2015, Westbrook and John Wall share the honors.
Wall has the first and third quarter records, with averages of 3.2 and 2.9 assists.
Meanwhile, Westbrook is the king of the second and fourth quarters, with 2.5 average assists in the second and 1.9 in the fourth.
So you can say what you want about Westbrook but it’s evident that this guy can really make a team a lot better.
He just needs to dig deep and do it again in LA.
There is a good chance that Westbrook stays in Los Angeles next season.
Even though the Lakers are trying to ship him out in a big trade, they might not have much luck and could be stuck with his massive contract for another year.
There is also a good chance that another team goes for it and signs Westbrook.
Either way, he is going to attempt to put last season behind him and move forward.
He wants to prove that he is still capable of not only creating points but finding his teammates and helping them score.
He wants to again show the world that he really is a great team player and asset.