There is mixed feelings about the backcourt pairing of Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley on the Lakers. Some analysts like a former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins thinks that the two point guard could form the most dangerous defensive backcourt in the NBA.
NBA insider Brian Windhorst was blunt when giving his thoughts about the duo of Russ and Pat Bev. According to him, the duo makes no sense because neither player is a reliable shooter and shooting is vital in the league.
“I know Pat Bev, he’s a teammate of ours here at ESPN. At times you can’t take everything that he says seriously and this one of those things you can’t take seriously,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s NBA Today.
“”I just don’t believe that the Lakers think this is going to work. I think they’re saying that they’re trying to keep a stiff upper lip and trying to make the best out of this because they know they have any Russell Westbrook trade that makes sense for them right now. So they’re going to try to make it work.
“But let’s just be honest – we live in an NBA era where you have to have shooting in the NBA. When the Lakers won their title a couple years ago was with shooting. All of LeBron’s great teams in his career had shooting.
“You have Russell Westbrook – one of the worst three-point shooters in the NBA and Patrick Beverley who was coming off his worst three-point shooting season of his career. I guess I can’t rule anything out in the world, but this duo doesn’t make any sense on a basketball level. I appreciate that they’re being nice to each other, so points for that.”