Twitter Reacts Strongly to NBA 2K Demeaning Lakers’ Russell Westbrook with a Pathetic Rating

Published 08/22/2021, 9:00 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


Russell Westbrook never gets the respect that his gameplay deserves. He attracts more criticism than appreciation, no matter what he does. When he scores consecutive triple-doubles, people call him selfish and someone running behind those numbers. When he joins/leaves a franchise, the same people tag him as an opportunist, as if it’s a bad thing. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Well, the most recent disrespect on Russ’s name came unveiling in his NBA 2K rating. The man surpassed Sir Oscar Robertson to become the league’s most triple-double getter last season. But none of that reflected dearly when the ratings rolled out.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Twitter went crazy after learning about the underestimation of Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook got a meager 85 as his rating, while no one expected him to go any below 90. Surprisingly enough, the rating providers placed Mr. Triple Double just one unit ahead of the 20-YO LaMelo Ball. He matched the rating of champion Jrue Holiday and trailed the likes of Zion Williamson, Khris Middleton, and Trae Young.

Twitter certainly did not see that coming and hence reacted hysterically to it. Take a look at myriads of people questioning the ratings and complaining – 

 

 

 

As Bradley Beal had a hilarious reaction to his rating, Russ found most of his former and current All-Star teammates fairing far better than him.

DIVE DEEPER

Should Lakers Be Worried About Russell Westbrook’s Playoff Struggles?

about 1 month ago

How has Russ performed on the ratings in the past?

The last time Russell Westbrook went below 85 in his rating was in 2011 when he was an 81. But that was still okay for a 3-YO in the league playing under the OKC banner and in the shadow of better performers. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

But last season, the man completed his fourth ever year when he registered a triple double. He averaged a whopping 22.2 points, 11.5 rebs, 11.7 assists, and 1.4 steals to help the Wizards somehow reach the playoffs. In fact, they were even able to defeat the table-topping Sixers in one of their playoff games.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

So it is just so much tough to understand how he got a paltry 85. Which number do you believe can justify his abilities? Help us know in the comments section below.

Watch this story – Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and Other NBA Players Who Signed with the Jordan Brand

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Sourabh Singh

1634 articles

Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT