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Unlike most articles you read about Russell Westbrook, this one isn't going to call for the All-Star to shoot less.
In fact, at times Westbrook could even shoot more because, let's be honest, Kendrick Perkins doesn't really need that many shots.
Sure, you'd like to see the young point guard defer to the best scorer in the world, but Kevin Durant has already proven that, unlike Kobe Bryant, he doesn't need to be a volume shooter to put up ridiculous numbers.
No, Westbrook can continue to shoot the ball 18 times a game, and the Thunder will continue to be effective.
However, if they want to take the next step and actually win the championship, Westbrook needs to take smarter shots.
Too often does he find himself thinking, "Hey Russ, you haven't shot in like four straight trips, let's jack up a three."
Now, it is hard to nit-pick a guy when he's having the best season of his career, but Westbrook's game isn't shooting the three-ball, and very rarely should he be taking long jump shots.
He is a career .301 shooter from behind the arc, but this year he has decided to take twice as many triples per game as his career average.
It is not a case of shooting less, it's shooting smarter.
Westbrook has matured a lot this year and has become a much better player for it. But he'll take the next step, if he becomes a little more selective and intelligent with his shots.