Russell Westbrook had a great season this year with the Houston Rockets, averaging 27.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 7.0 APG while helping the team grab the 4th seed in a crowded Western Conference. He is clearly one of the best point guards in the NBA with the ability to lead a team in every major statistical category because of his triple-double ability. His athleticism is off the charts, and when focused, he can be the most unstoppable point guard in the league.
There are rumors that Russell Westbrook wants out of Houston mainly because he is not sold on the direction of the franchise. He still has James Harden as his teammate, but most NBA fans will see it didn't quite work out on the floor when they were sharing the ball. Westbrook thrives in the ball-dominant playmaker role and is looking for a chance to be the MVP player he can be instead of spotting up for corner threes. Anywhere Russ goes, he has the talent to create a Superteam.
There are 3 major destinations for Russell Westbrook to create Superteams that can compete for an NBA title. By offering strong trade packages to the Houston Rockets, here are the 3 ways Russell Westbrook can win an NBA title next season.
3. Miami Heat
Trade Package: Andre Iguodala, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kelly Olynyk, No. 20 overall pick for Russell Westbrook
The Heat played very well all season long and made the NBA Finals led by Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and a host of young players such as Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. The young guys are very promising and bring shooting to Miami's backcourt, but Russell Westbrook brings the exact energy that Miami likes.
In a season filled with inconsistencies due to Covid-19 and injuries, Westbrook still had a very impressive average of 27.2 PPG and 7.0 APG with the Rockets this season. Russell Westbrook alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo creates the best Big Three in the NBA and it isn't close. Russ pushes the pace better than any player in the league, and he has the aggressive "dog" inside of him that Miami craves. Miami should go all-in when they have assets like Tyler Herro, and since Goran Dragic is getting older, Westbrook should be their superstar point guard.
The Rockets will get quite a big return with the three-point shooting of Herro and Robinson, so they might pull the trigger on this if they want to move on from Westbrook. The No. 20 overall pick gives Houston a future asset, while Iggy and Olynyk bring veteran leadership and size. The Rockets would hate to lose Westbrook after only one season, but it might be for the better of the team if they entertain this deal.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
Trade Package: Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, No. 21 overall pick for Russell Westbrook
The Philadelphia-Houston rumor mill has been going on since Daryl Morey stopped down as Houston Rockets GM and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. At first, it was James Harden that would be targeted and snatched away from Houston to join Philly. That was certainly exciting to hear, but the player that the Rockets would give up first is Russell Westbrook. The reason? The Sixers have a star point guard of their own to swap.
By essentially swapping All-NBA caliber point guards, Houston benefits from a younger player to lead the Rockets later on and also help Harden right now. The No. 21 overall pick also gives Houston some future flexibility in who they draft, while Josh Richardson joins the ranks of decent 3-and-D players already on the team. For Houston, this is a massive deal that could improve them now and in the future. For Philly, Russ gives them a better player right now alongside Joel Embiid.
Westbrook's killer mentality will fit well alongside Embiid who needs an aggressive player to help open up his game. Westbrook, although not a great shooter, is a better shooter than Simmons and an overall better player right now. Westbrook, Embiid, and Harris are a very good Big Three that will easily contend in the East. In a win-win deal for both sides, it makes sense for Russell Westbrook to swap teams with Ben Simmons.
1. Boston Celtics
Trade Package: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, No. 14 overall pick for Russell Westbrook
Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart would be an excellent haul for Houston if they want to move on from Westbrook. Kemba can closely replicate Westbrook's scoring, although he shoots a much better percentage from three (38.1% compared to 25.8%). He might fit Houston's offense alongside Harden better, although he doesn't quite have Westbrook's intensity and size. Marcus Smart is the key piece for Houston because he can defend multiple positions and also scores from outside.
For Boston, Russ gives them a superstar to pair with Jayson Tatum and a basis to build a legitimate title contender as the Kings of the East. Westbrook is still one of the 5 best point guards in the world and he brings the kind of physical dominance near the basket and on the boards that Boston could use. Boston's lineup of Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Russell Westbrook is a very scary lineup that nobody in the East wants to play against. The Celtics have reached the Eastern Conference Finals this year, but Westbrook might finally lead them to the NBA Finals.