The ONLY Way Russell Westbrook & James Harden Can WORK Together On The Rockets (Ft. NBA Trade)

Jul 12, 2019
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Russell Westbrook was traded to the Rockets and is with James Harden, but how will Westbrook and Harden work? #NBA #Westbrook #Harden
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So Russ and Harden are on the same team after 7 years. The Rockets traded Chris Paul, 2 protected first round picks, and 2 first round pick swaps. Yes, both are extremely talented, but this is now a pairing of two of the highest usage players in the NBA so I wanted to break all this down and show how this can all work out.
Westbrook in 2016-17 with 41.65%, Harden this past season with 40.47%, and Westbrook in 2014-15 with 38.37%. But those came in seasons where the entire offense relied heavily on those two guys when they had no help. In this past season, Chris Paul and Clint Capela both missed a significant chunk of games consecutively in the middle of the season when James Harden was doing it all including a 60 point triple double. This year, Russell Westbrook’s usage rate was 30.1% which is still the 10th highest in the league. Russ and Harden were number 1 and 2 respectively in assist to pass ratio, meaning they were really passing for that assist. This is James Harden and Russ with 9 assists.
Now let’s take a look back at how Harden and Westbrook played together on the Thunder years ago because it actually explains a lot about the players they became today. Russell Westbrook was the starting point guard for the Thunder and James Harden was the 6th man that played the shooting guard in 2012, but Russ was drafted as a combo guard that the Thunder believed could be converted to a true point guard. Thunder chose to draft James Harden with the 3rd overall pick. Whenever Westbrook, Harden, and Durant were on the floor at the same time, Harden was more of the point guard and Westbrook was more of the shooting guard. That brings me to what Russell Westbrook and James Harden have to do, switch positions offensively, making Harden the point guard and Russell the shooting guard.
At first, it seems radical until we realize that James Harden has essentially playing point guard for the Rockets since 2016 when D’Antoni gave him the keys to the offense. But Harden loved playing that facilitator role with options who could consistently get it done. When he was the only point guard in 2016-2017 on the Rockets, Harden averaged a career high 11.2 assists along with 29 points. Harden, in his natural state is a great passer and uses his ability to score to draw defenses to kick it to open shooters.
Russell Westbrook on the other hand has always been a shooting guard that learned to play point guard. When Harden was on the court, Westbrook became a slashing weapon that Harden could find and if Harden couldn’t find anything, he would give it up to Westbrook or Durant. But Russell Westbrook at his core is a slashing guard. While Harden is more calculated and shifty, often making a lob to the roller or a pass to the open 3 point man even before he gets into the paint, Russ likes to use his speed and strength to get into the paint and make the pass from the teeth of the defense. He can revert back to 2012 Westbrook in terms of all the cutting. Russ will have the choice of making the pass to the corner 3 or taking it himself.Russ also likes transition offense and so with him grabbing boards and running out, that can help the Rockets get easier points and more importantly, give Harden possessions off. Learn from the Warriors who love to capitalize off misses.
Now that Harden’s become a guy capable of scoring consistently in the isolation, it might be hard to see him revert to that, but you gotta keep in mind that Harden only went to this heavy isolation because Chris Paul was injured and just not as effective compared to the 2017-18 season when the Rockets on 65 games. People said that Chris Paul and James Harden wouldn’t work because of how ball dominant each one is, but they meshed because they developed a chemistry, going to the hot hand whether it was them or a guy like Eric Gordon. CP3 and Harden would take turns running the offense and it worked. Along with that there were staggered minutes and rotations that basically gave each player their own time and allowed the Rockets to always have an All-Star guard on the floor. While Russ was already slightly adjusting for Paul George, it is reasonable to think that Westbrook would adjust more for Harden. Let’s not forget, these two are extremely and I mean extremely talented. Westbrook is an upgrade from last year Chris Paul. I know there are issues with sharing the ball, and with clutch situations. Westbrook has been horrific in the clutch and Harden has been inconsistent in the playoffs and clutch. But these two have had success with each other in the playoffs. Yes, they had Kevin Durant, but Russ and Harden were no slouches. They can work if Russ converts more to the shooting guard and Harden as the 1. T But what do you think?

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    • Conference finals. I believe Rockets could beat Cavs if they make it to finals

      MoMo BlueMoMo Blue10 months ago
    • I think it will

      Jackson BarberJackson Barber11 months ago
    • Lewis Kimi Esteban they went to finals together and they weren’t in their prime yet. They Ipsy to only lebron wade and bosh one team

      guest manguest manYear ago
    • Dude they got to the finals and they were not in their prime yet

      guest manguest manYear ago
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  • Till this day I still think OKC was stupid for not keeping Russ, Harden, and Durant dummest desicion ever.

    Marcus WhiteMarcus WhiteMonth ago
  • Russ is a stat-padder and Harden is a guy who relies so much on heavy-iso playstyle. It would be hard even to adjust, but nevertheless, goodluck Rockets. I can't predict their playoffs result since LeBrina-Unibrow and Chris-Kawhii duos, and Mavs leaded by Doncic are also considerably the strongest contenders to the title. So, let's see what will happen.

    Ravel L. AnantaRavel L. Ananta4 months ago
  • 1st round and out.. Harden and Westbrook both suck.

    Jeff RingJeff Ring4 months ago
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    Raven1834Raven18346 months ago
  • don't even try man they are not gonna work. lol.

    Harvey GamingHarvey Gaming6 months ago
  • the assist to pass ratio dont mean shit they ran most of there offense thru pick and roll

    sLim SkooZY3sLim SkooZY39 months ago
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    Jocelyn CurtisJocelyn Curtis11 months ago
  • 6:56 TRaaaashh!!

    richrox13richrox1311 months ago
  • Yeah, it’s working!

    Anthony CaminitiAnthony Caminiti11 months ago
  • it was Thunder front office traded Harden...

    Isaac SikowayIsaac SikowayYear ago
  • They couldn’t do it with Kevin Durant they sure as hell ain’t gonna do it without him 🤣

    BobbyBobbyYear ago
  • It will absolutely work. I think this trade makes it so that the Rockets will really be contenders.

    Joey The MisfitJoey The MisfitYear ago
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    noah gatesnoah gatesYear ago
  • My basketball practice game stats are 9 points, 2 rebound,5 assists, 1 block, 6 steals

    Rhyan GonzaleZRhyan GonzaleZYear ago
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    Yxng DaxiYxng DaxiYear ago
  • why isnt he working for the rockets

    Andre AlexanderAndre AlexanderYear ago
  • Russ and Harden are ballhugers. They will fail the playoffs.

    KhmerD0gKhmerD0gYear ago
  • What is the uhhh uhhh soundbite

    M Scott LawrenceM Scott LawrenceYear ago
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    JoeJoeYear ago
  • Stop saying that weird intro

    Mr.KooKooMr.KooKooYear ago
  • You're saying like The ONLY way they can work together is through one thing, we can't say a statement that is not even proof yet, they both NBA Players and they both know how to change their game.

    Felix hkFelix hkYear ago
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    Enriko SonzaEnriko SonzaYear ago
  • His laugh though

    Blue The GoatBlue The GoatYear ago
  • Rockets 2020 champs

    taj Hendersontaj HendersonYear ago
  • James Harden and Kevin Durant would won a Ring if Westbrook is not on that team After the Finals in 2012

    Damir NukovićDamir NukovićYear ago
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    Jonathan LamJonathan LamYear ago
  • Lmao all these haters These 2 are gonna shock you all this season

    J BartJ BartYear ago
  • Leave harden open on that 3pt line you gonna see what gonna happen.

    guest manguest manYear ago
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    Helen JohnHelen JohnYear ago
  • The honestly might be number 1 in the west and get beat in the second round lol

    Isaiah JonesIsaiah JonesYear ago
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  • rockets / 6ers, rockets in 5

    LilSvmnLilSvmnYear ago
  • Def getting a ring.

    LilSvmnLilSvmnYear ago
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    HatePoloxHatePoloxYear ago
  • Triple double, James Harden and Russell Westbrook will be a bad duo because russ always starts problems and harden doesn't.

    Bailor BanguraBailor BanguraYear ago
  • Russ averages 13 assists and would have more if he had 3 point shooters

    Andrew EastAndrew EastYear ago
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    parker tonyparker tonyYear ago
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  • i hate your voice

    CringeFestCringeFestYear ago
  • Harden is definitely the better decision maker in the clutch of the two

    Ultimate WarriorUltimate WarriorYear ago
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    Lawrence MbemeLawrence MbemeYear ago
  • the only thing the rockets are missing is a dominant center, but with westbrook and his speed, its going to make are shooters wide open and we are going to be tough to beat...

    Chris KaufmanChris KaufmanYear ago
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    Darrell PowellDarrell PowellYear ago
  • You never trust westbrick with ball in his hands in crucial minutes

    チーズボールチーズボールYear ago
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  • What's the outro music?

    Aniel MolinaAniel MolinaYear ago
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    Μαρία ΚοκολόγουΜαρία ΚοκολόγουYear ago
  • Russ is one of the best clutch players as he hit the most go-ahead FG in the past 3 seasons🤦‍♀️please know what your talking about b4 u say it

    Alexavier CruzAlexavier CruzYear ago
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    Walter BolchWalter BolchYear ago
  • pointgod and lebron and james jones is the all-time duo great.

    Paco RodriguezPaco RodriguezYear ago
  • They’ll make confidence finals

    Blnk IxxyBlnk IxxyYear ago
  • Please stop with theese sounds in the background. IT IS SO CRINGE!!!

    Vuk JojicVuk JojicYear ago
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    ChipHxnchoChipHxnchoYear ago
  • Shout me out blood I wanna hear more about harden and Westbrook

    Victor CheroVictor CheroYear ago
  • this is wrong this will work . with russ and harden on the floor defense has to be neutral . russ makes defense play down harden makes d play up . both on the floor what is the defense gonna do?

    Zwell GodZwell GodYear ago
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  • the travel at 5:16

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  • At least they have opportunities to talk about style

    Ernest GuoErnest GuoYear ago
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  • When you say that shit about Rivers out of total context. Lmao he never said that

    Dominic SeifertDominic SeifertYear ago
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    Sam RivetSam RivetYear ago
  • I mean Giannis broke people 8:06

    Tristann CortezTristann CortezYear ago
  • I'm pissed Russ didn't go to the heat, him and Jimmy Butler could've been somethin special

    Johnny MooreJohnny MooreYear ago
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    John GabbonaJohn GabbonaYear ago
  • if russ,harden and kd stayed at okc...they would be so deadly right now

    Lyon TluangaLyon TluangaYear ago
  • This dude did zero research on this video. The Rockets style of a playmaker iso-ing while shooters spread the floor works!! Not just works it works better than any other scheme....ever. With less talent than most all time great teams.... Rockets Offensive Efficiency ALL TIME: 2016: 12th 2017: 13th 2018: 5th

    therealallprotherealallproYear ago
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  • Bro such a Westbrook hater

    Musarat JabeenMusarat JabeenYear ago
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  • @9:00 I had no idea Chris & James had that exchange in the huddle. 😱😱😱

    Ahmad BrownAhmad BrownYear ago
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  • Triple double, what's the name of the song in the outro

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  • Outro song??

    oCamosoCamosYear ago