“Wrong and Disrespectful”: Lakers Fans Upset as Russell Westbrook Placed 13th in PG List

Published 10/08/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
May 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) argues a call with referee Jacyn Goble (68) during the fourth quarter of game two against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The regular NBA season is all set to begin in less than two weeks. Several analyses networks have made assertions and bold claims about the rankings of players in different positions across the league. CBS recently released a list of the top 15 point guards in the league. The position of Russell Westbrook on this list raised a few eyebrows.

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The point guard is commonly the playmaker’s position on a team. Therefore, a point guard’s chief contributions are in the passing and scoring category. Arguably the two key factors that decide a game. Nevertheless, this list received very little positive response, as most fans criticized the list for placing players in the wrong positions.

Fans react to Russell Westbrook being placed so low on this list

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It came as a shock to most fans who saw this list that Russell Westbrook was 13th on this list. Especially because it is below several point guards who are nowhere close to being as good as he is. Twitter erupted with fan responses to this list.

 What does this mean for the Lakers? Are these rankings reasonable?

Most of the Lakers fans and basketball fans know that Westbrook arguably deserves to be higher on the list. He did average a triple-double last season. And now that he is on a championship-contending team, his team’s success should not be a factor in this debate.

It is understandable that Westbrook is criticized for stat padding. However, if stat-padding represents anything, it is the focus of an individual on his own goals. So if anybody represents the prime of individual brilliance, it is Russell Westbrook.

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Moreover, Jamal Murray has faced a potentially career-ending injury when he hurt his ACL that normally takes 7 to 9 months to recover from. De’Aaron Fox has never even qualified for the playoffs in his 4 years with the Kings.

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Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons had arguably the worst season of his career that has forced him to request a trade. So it makes little sense that Lakers Russell Westbrook, who has broken the triple-double record of the Legendary Oscar Robertson, is below any of these players.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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