Lakers report card: Russell Westbrook
Over this week The Los Angeles Times conducted exit evaluations of the Lakers’ roster, player by player. Today’s final group includes a look at guard Russell Westbrook’s key stats, contract status, preseason expectations, current reality and what the future holds.
Key stats: Led the Lakers in games played, minutes, shots attempted, rebounds, assists, steals and fouls.
Contract status: Player option for $47.1 million next season.
The expectation on Oct. 19: The Lakers had another superstar on board to lead his hometown team to its 18th NBA championship.
The reality on April 10: Westbrook struggled for most of the season, and while his best basketball came late in the season, the Lakers still weren’t winning.
The future: Westbrook will certainly opt into his contract, but like every toxic relationship, it’s fair to wonder if either wants to or thinks this can work.
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