Not too long ago, Russell Westbrook was one of the best players in the NBA. He even won the NBA MVP award for his fabulous performance in the 2016-17 NBA season. Russ averaged a triple-double that season to win the MVP award.
Anyway, fast forward to 2022; Russ' career is nowhere near the same heights that it was a couple of years ago. He joined the Los Angeles Lakers last year to team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
But that experiment failed miserably as the Lakers missed the playoffs. Russ had an underwhelming season, and he became a target of a lot of insults from Lakers fans. So much so that the Lakers want to trade him, but due to his poor contract, they aren't able to find a team for him.
It seems many believe that Westbrook is no longer a good player, and he might soon be reduced to a role player in the NBA. The popular Twitter account "NBA Central" recently asked its followers' opinions on a hypothetical debate.
It included Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, and D'Angelo Russell. Fans were simply asked to pick which of the three they would start, bench, or cut from a team.
Since Westbrook's reputation has taken a huge hit this past season, many fans picked Russ to be cut from the team. However, there were still some fans who wanted others to stop disrespecting Westbrook.
It is truly sad to see the amount of disrespect that Russell Westbrook is getting after an underwhelming season with the Lakers. It's true that he is out of his prime.
But when we compare him to Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell, he is, without a doubt, a better player than both of them. Russ really needs to have a great new season to prove that he's still a good player.