‘Get my Sh*t Together’ – Wizards’ Russell Westbrook Frustrated With Lack of Form

Published 01/25/2021, 12:40 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) dribbles at center court against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Westbrook has not had a good start to his stint with the Washington Wizards. The former MVP joined the Wizards as part of a trade that saw John Wall join the Houston Rockets.

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The pairing of him and Bradley Beal was supposed to make the Wizards a solid team in the East. However, Westbrook has not stepped up to his own level of play and has been out of form throughout the year.

Russell Westbrook not performing his best

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After another loss, this time to the San Antonio Spurs, Westbrook was left frustrated. However, this time, he addressed his poor form since the start of the season. He was critical of himself and noted that he needed to do better going forward into the season. He still isn’t playing to his best. “I’m definitely not where I need to be in all aspects. I just gotta be better and get my sh*t together.”

Russell Westbrook is right in his assessment. Since the start of the season, Westbrook has averaged only 19 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds. This is his lowest points-averaged in 11 seasons. While Westbrook is still close to averaging triple-double a game, the Wizards have not been winning games.

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One of the biggest criticisms of Westbrook has been that his individual stats don’t result in team wins. And that is not entirely true. Westbrook’s MVP year saw the Oklahoma City Thunder reach the playoffs, but they were eliminated by the Houston Rockets. Westbrook has consistently pushed his teams into playoff contention, but he hasn’t been to an NBA Finals in 9 years.

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Dec 26, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) stands on the court with Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) against the Orlando Magic in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook’s stint with the Houston Rockets lasted only for one year. The pairing between him and James Harden did not yield the results the franchise expected and now, both players play for different teams, while the Rockets are undergoing a rebuilding process. However, Harden and Westbrook still maintain their friendship despite not wanting to play together.

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Can Russell Westbrook turn his fortunes around at Washington? A player of his caliber can be expected to perform better as the season goes on. But the combination between him and Bradley Beal has not yielded the results expected as of yet.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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