Wizards’ Russell Westbrook Joins NBA Legend Magic Johnson for an Iconic Record

Published 12/27/2020, 2:22 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


The 2017 NBA MVP, Russell Westbrook, is having a dream start with the Washington Wizards. Well, at least in terms of breaking records. In their Saturday night defeat against the Orlando Magic, Brodie racked up another triple-double performance.

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By doing so, he became the first player since NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to record a triple-double in their team’s first two games of a season. Magic did so back in the 1982-83 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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In fact, Westbrook is just the 4th player in NBA history to achieve this feat. However, it appears as if these stats are coming at a cost for the Wizards. They have had a 0-2 start to the season and are still looking for their first win of the season.

Westbrook’s ability to record triple-doubles is quite insane, but it is no good if his team keeps losing. His co-star Bradley Beal has been carrying the majority of the scoring load as well. If the Wizards want to make it to the playoffs, they might need to revamp a few things moving forward.

Is Russell Westbrook really the perfect fit for the Wizards?

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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 has always been known to struggle with scoring efficiently. In their first two games of the season, he has shot 40.9% and 31.6% from the field, respectively. As a result, he has shot a combined 15/41 from the field in the opening two games.

After parting ways with their franchise point guard in John Wall, the team needs Westbrook to step up. At times in the game, Westbrook’s cold streak has a bad impact on the morale of his teammates. If he can figure out how to score efficiently while putting up these stats, the Wizards might become a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference.

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But without Westbrook being at his 100%, it’s hard to see them making a deep playoff run this year. What are your thoughts on Russell Westbrook’s first two games with the Wizards?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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