The Washington Wizards had an incredible start to the 2021-22 NBA season, winning 10 of their first 15 games, against "big" franchises no less. But they have been on a decline, winning four in their last ten outings.
With Russell Westbrook struggling in his early days with the Los Angeles Lakers, fans were having a field time on social media, trolling the triple-double machine, and were happy with the production they got from the players gotten from his trade deal. Granted, Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell were balling out in the nation's capital, but denying Russ' impact was unfair.
A fan took to social media platform Twitter to show how Bradley Beal performed with Russ and how he is performing without him so far. By the numbers, there has been a significant decline in his productivity.
In the 2020-21 season, Bradley Beal was on course to win his first-ever scoring title. But Stephen Curry's take over in April prevented Beal from winning the title.
Russ has often been accused of being a stat padder, meaning that he plays for himself and not entirely for the team. While we are not here to discuss how he gets his number, one thing is for certain; he always wants to win, and he knows how to share the rock.
Mr. Triple-double led the league in assists during his campaign with the Wizards. He averaged 11.7 assists per game, and Beal was a beneficiary of some of those assists. While this is not to take away from Beal's ability to create his shot, things were easier with Westbrook on the team.
Beal is currently averaging 22.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in 22 games. Although he leads the Wizards in scoring, his efficiency has been poor as he is shooting 26.6% from beyond the arc and 43.7% from the field.