“From a basketball standpoint, this pair doesn’t make any sense”


Social media is rife with debate over the LA Lakers’ backcourt of Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst addressed the matter and offered his thoughts on how well the two guards worked together.

By trading for Beverley, the Purple and Gold made a rather contentious acquisition. Many people thought that Westbrook would move after the trade because of their relationship.

There has been some optimism, though, that the two can resolve their issues. This was further supported by their cordial interactions at Beverley’s debut press conference.

It appears likely that the two will share the court given the confidence LA Lakers coach Darvin Ham has in them. Brian Windhorst, however, was unable to predict how the pair would perform.

Sharing his thoughts on NBA Today, Windhorst said:

“I just don’t think the Lakers think this will succeed. They probably say that to maintain their stiff upper lip. Since they are aware that they cannot currently make a trade for Russell Westbrook, they are attempting to make the most of this situation. They will therefore attempt to make it work.

Windhorst’s explanation for why he didn’t believe the team came from the NBA’s current standard. The Lakers have acquired a backcourt with below-average perimeter shooting in a league dominated by shooters. On top of that, he added:

“You have Patrick Beverley, who is coming off his worst three-point shooting season of his career, and Russell Westbrook, one of the NBA’s worst three-point shooters.

“This duo doesn’t make any sense on a basketball level, but I can’t rule anything out in the world.”

.@WindhorstESPN is not sold on the Russ and Pat Bev tandem in LA. “This duo doesn’t make any sense on a basketball level.” https://t.co/EaXprgnECR

In some ways, what Windhorst said is true. The Purple and Gold’s most recent victory was the result of some outstanding shooting. LeBron James also frequently performs better when surrounded by shooters.

Any skepticism you may have about the decision in this regard may be valid. There might, however, be a positive side to it after all.

Potential exists for the Russell Westbrook-Patrick Beverley combination.

Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley at the LA Lakers' facility

If they play defense, Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley can start together, says Darvin Ham. Should they play defense. Definitely.”

Beverley, on the other hand, is coming off a year with subpar three-point shooting. The statistic is a little bit deceptive, though. Last season, he attempted more three-pointers than his usual catch-and-shoot attempts.

The numbers may be different when put into a different system. Although it has the potential to succeed, only time will tell how well things turn out.

Darvin Ham knows that Patrick Beverley’s toughness is a great addition to our Lakers squad 😤 https://t.co/YPPkxBcMfA


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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