Russell Westbrook is one of the 25 greatest point guards of all time. The man has made 9 All-Star appearances and could be on his way to winning his 1st championship. Westbrook is also the greatest triple-double threat in NBA history because he has averaged a triple-double for 4 straight seasons.
His physicality and explosiveness also makes him the most athletic point guard that we have ever seen, a feat that immediately places him in the Hal of Fame when looking at his credentials which include an MVP Award and 2 scoring titles. Westbrook has also played on some great teams including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and now the Los Angeles Lakers. His trade to the Lakers broke NBA news because he is being paired with superstar players on the same team, something Westbrook has experienced before. Without further ado, it is time to rank Westbrook’s 10 greatest ever teammates by ranking their all-time status.
10. Steven Adams
Steven Adams was one of Westbrook’s favorite teammates because they stood up for each other and were as raw as a duo gets. The pick-n-roll play with Westbrook and Adams was devastating and was unstoppable at times. In the post-Durant era, the Thunder had to rely on Westbrook’s passing and scoring to set up his bigs.
Adams held career averages of 9.8 PPG 7.6 RPG to go along with 1.0 BPG in 7 seasons with the Thunder. Adams and Westbrook never had significant success with one another but the powerful center from New Zealand was on the court when Westbrook won his first MVP Award in 2017.
9. Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo was also a teammate of Westbrook when the All-Star point guard won his MVP trophy in 2017. Oladipo was solid that year averaging 15.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 2.6 APG before having his breakout season one year later with the Indiana Pacers.
If only Kevin Durant remained on the Thunder with Oladipo arriving, Oklahoma City would have been a very dominant team. Westbrook and Durant were searching for their shooting guard partner since James Harden left in 2013, but it never happened. Oladipo also made 2 All-Star Teams with the Pacers before injuries derailed his career.
8. Serge Ibaka
Serge “Iblacka” was the best shot-blocker in the NBA when he played alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ibaka was a great defensive player for the franchise, averaging 11.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 2.5 BPG during his 7 seasons with the Thunder. Ibaka also developed a solid mid-range jumper as he helped the Thunder make the 2012 NBA Finals.
Ibaka found success with the Toronto Raptors in 2018 by winning his first NBA championship, and the 2-time Blocks Champion is one of the best African players in recent memory. It is clear playing with Russell Westbrook helped expand Ibaka’s game and that is why he is one of the best defensive bigs in the game today.
7. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook only played one season together, but that was enough to place the All-Star shooting guard on the list of Westbrook’s greatest-ever teammates. Beal was sensational last year, averaging 31.3 PPG as a recipient of Westbrook’s passes.
Beal and Westbrook made the playoffs only to lose in the first round, but their offensive firepower was enjoyable to watch. Without their All-Star duo, the Washington Wizards would have been in the lottery, and the fact that they are not was a testament to Beal’s greatness as a scorer.
6. Paul George
Paul George had his best individual season when he played with Russell Westbrook in 2019. George averaged career-highs of 28.0 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 2.2 SPG while tying his career-high with 4.1 APG. He was a force on both ends and finished 3rd in the MVP Race that year alongside the All-Star Westbrook.
George might have a shot at the Hall of Fame when all is said and done because he has 7 All-Star selections to his name along with 6 All-NBA Team selections, 4 All-Defensive Team selections, and the 2013 Most Improved Player Award. George has plenty of time to fill up his trophy cabinet but until now, he hasn’t had a statistical season like the one he had with Westbrook in Oklahoma City.
5. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony joined the Thunder after finally getting traded away from the struggling New York Knicks franchise. Anthony proved his worth as one of the best players in Knicks history by bringing memories and excitement back to Madison Square Garden, although NBA Finals appearances were lacking.
But Anthony was supposed to be the third superstar to be paired with Russell Westbrook and Paul George in Oklahoma City, and he was at times. The trio did not quite work out as Anthony could not accept a bit-part role in the offense led by Westbrook and George, although he still averaged 16.2 PPG. Anthony was not at his best playing with Westbrook, but in terms of talent and all-time status, he is easily top-4 on Westbrook’s list of teammates.
4. Anthony Davis
Russell Westbrook getting traded to the Lakers is one interesting story. He joins forces with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the latter of who is in his prime as arguably the best two-way big man in the game. Davis is only 28 years old yet has 8 All-Star appearances, 4 All-NBA selections, and a championship ring to his name.
Davis is the best big man Westbrook has ever played with and it will be very interesting to see the point guard feed Davis for easy buckets. In terms of pure talent, Davis is also a top-5 player that Westbrook has ever played with and as a result, the Lakers are favorites for the NBA championship next season.
3. James Harden
Westbrook had the opportunity to play with James Harden when the latter was a 6th Man of the Year, and also when The Beard was an MVP. Harden was exceptional in the 2012 season as his 16.8 PPG average placed the Thunder in a position to make the Finals, although it was a losing effort against the Miami Heat.
Harden became an MVP after his trade to the Rockets and flourished as one of the top-5 players in the world. The Beard reunited with Westbrook in 2020 as the Rockets went “micro-ball” to space the floor for Harden and Russ. But the duo never worked as they were bounced in the second round of the playoffs, although the stars played elite-level basketball on the court.
2. Kevin Durant
The player that is constantly linked with Westbrook’s career, Kevin Durant is a special talent. He is already one of the top-3 small forwards of all time and had incredible success alongside Westbrook in Oklahoma City. Durant is currently an 11-time All-Star, 4-time scoring champion, and one of the game’s greatest players.
Durant was a force with Westbrook in Oklahoma City, although his leaving to Golden State rubbed a ton of people the wrong way including Westbrook. The triple-double machine has stated that he no longer has beef with Durant, although it would be extremely interesting to see the two stars go to battle in the NBA Finals next season.
1. LeBron James
Westbrook has yet to play with The King, but LeBron James will be the greatest and most accomplished star that he ever played with. LeBron will be 37 at some point next season, but he is still the best leader and floor general in the game. Westbrook, for the second time in his career (after James Harden), will play with a player capable of bring a primary ball-handler.
James is s locomotive when he attacks the rim, similar to Westbrook, so defenses will have no shot defending both of their drives on a single possession. Even if Westbrook nor James are known for their outside shooting, their ability to create for others and score at the rim will make this duo (and trio with Davis) a scary one to watch. With The King by his side, Westbrook will likely be making his second NBA Finals appearance.
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