Russell Westbrook is now in the nation’s capital. Just a couple of seasons ago, this type of Wizards roster only existed in the most chaotic of NBA fantasies. Now, it’s a reality.
Westbrook doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone at this point in his career. He’s a multi-time All-Star and All-NBA team member. He’s a former MVP. He averaged a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. The guy is a Hall of Famer, without question. But can he do for this city what John Wall did?
Westbrook doesn’t need to prove anything about his ability on the court. He can do it all. However, after replacing a local legend in John Wall, Westbrook needs to prove to fans that this trade was worth it. He needs to show D.C. that there is life after John Wall and that Wizards basketball can be exciting, fun, and (most importantly) competitive with someone besides Wall in the driver’s seat.
Wizards fans hadn’t seen John Wall play for their team in nearly two years, but this city still loves John Wall and believed in him. His first preseason performance with the Houston Rockets suggests he’s far from finished, too. If Westbrook isn’t winning with the Wizards, things could turn ugly quickly, especially if Wall is cooking down in Houston.