Washington Wizards: 3 things Russell Westbrook adds to the Wizards

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What Russell Westbrook adds to the Wizards: Leadership

Some players lead with their play while others choose to lead with their voice. Russell Westbrook does both. As a superstar player, he enhances the skills of the role players around him. A true leader by example, Westbrook’s heart and effort can’t ever be questioned. His tenacious attitude on the court is second to none and players gravitate toward that energy, especially the younger ones. Rookie Deni Avdija is already enjoying having Westbrook around, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

There’s a certain warmth to Westbrook’s personality that makes him a joy to play with and a favorite among his former teammates. I’ve never heard anyone that’s played with him come out and say he was a bad teammate. Kevin Durant, Paul George, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Morrow, Mitch McGary, and Alex Abrines have all praised Westbrook as a teammate and leader. They’re not the only ones, either. Westbrook is by no means the perfect player and he does have his fair share of flaws. But his ability to elevate those around him is apparent throughout his career.

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Westbrook made it known that his only friends on the court are the basketball and his teammates. That’s it. Westbrook couldn’t care less about the opponent. Some people may not like it but the Wizards need that type of fire and competitiveness this year. Westbrook is quiet and cold to the opposing team but he’s encouraging and upbeat with his teammates, which is how it should be.

As the leader and floor general, you have to be approachable and easy to talk to. The point guard is technically another coach on and off the court. Every player goes about this in their own way but it’s clear Russell Westbrook takes that responsibility seriously. Even when he was resing during preseason games, he was still involved as you can see in the tweet below.

With so many young pieces like Avdija and Hachimura, and a budding superstar in Beal, Westbrook’s leadership will be invaluable for these Wizards.