This past season, Russell Westbrook joined the Los Angeles Lakers and formed the Big Three along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. There was no doubt that the 32-year-old star point guard would be a starter — and he is.
However, former Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen thinks that Russ would be more useful for the Lakers if he was coming off the bench. “Russell [Westbrook] playing with the second group more,” Boylen started his suggestion on NBA TV.
“What about maybe coming off the bench and playing up against the backup, making other guys better? He’s a willing passer he tries to make people better, he plays full bore, which we respect, he’s tough as nails but his decisions need to improve. He’s with the new team, he’s probably pressing some.”
Westbrook has started all five of Lakers games so far this season. He is averaging 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game.