Russell Westbrook to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo Needs To Happen
The Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant feud on December 28 has been well documented. Westbrook has been under scrutiny ever since the NBA Playoffs last year, shooting when he should be passing to the best scorer in the NBA.
The most likely cause of Westbrook shooting so much is because he sees a mismatch every time he dribbles the ball down the court, and for good reason. Westbrook is a great scorer. He is explosive, quick and has an emerging outside game. However, he is not as consistent or versatile as Kevin Durant.
What Oklahoma City needs is a pass-first point guard, not one like Westbrook that will try and take advantage of any mismatch he sees before him.
One of the best pass-first point guards in the league just so happens to play for a team that is in dire need of a shoot-first point guard who can break down defenses and score.
Why it Works for Boston
The Celtics need a young guard who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Westbrook fits that mold to a tee. Boston also needs someone other than Paul Pierce that can create his own shot, which Westbrook is also superb at.
Westbrook is an underrated defender and is still maturing his game. Alongside Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, he would flourish.
Why it Works for Oklahoma City
Rondo is one of the best passing point guards in the league. Oklahoma City needs a point guard who can not only push the tempo, but deliver on-point passes to the likes of Durant or James Harden. Rondo has proven himself to be a great defender and is good friends with Kendrick Perkins.
Rondo's downside is he doesn't score as much as Westbrook (although not this year), but that would not be a problem. This trade would give more shots to Durant, and allow players like Harden or Serge Ibaka to see more looks (not to mention, Daequan Cook, Thabo Sefolosha and Eric Maynor are all above-average at shooting from distance).
Why it Works for Westbrook
Westbrook wants to score. He wants to be the primary option for his team. And in Boston, he would have that opportunity. He looks to score more than any other point guard in the league, except for maybe Derrick Rose.
Not to mention, he can prove himself as an elite point guard in the Eastern Conference. Going up against the "Big Three" in Miami and playing head-to-head against Rose and Deron Williams would give him the opportunity to shine without being overshadowed.
Why it Works for Rondo
Rondo would love to play for an up-tempo team like the Thunder. He has the skill set, just not the system. He would be reunited with Perkins, pass for a career high in assists and potentially win another ring.
This trade works for all accounts. Boston would have a building block for the future, and Oklahoma City would have a proven point guard that would improve team chemistry and help them reach their first NBA finals.
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