This doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even a Houston Rockets analytic scientist. Houston’s offense relies on their three-point shooting, which isn’t a strength of Westbrook’s. Being a bad 3-point shooter doesn’t definitively mean he’s a bad fit for the Rockets, but being a bad 3-point shooter and still shooting more than five threes per game does.
Per basketball reference, Westbrook shot 30.9% on 5.1 three-point attempts per game over the last five seasons. Since his MVP season, he has dropped to 29.3% on 4.8 attempts per game, including ranking last among 130 qualifying players last season with 29%. His 48.3% shooting from two-point range and 70.1% clip from the free throw line last season are equally unappealing for the Rockets’ game style.
Westbrook has never shot better than 35% from 3-point range, and he has shot worse than 30% in six of his eleven NBA seasons. Houston would have to entirely restructure a system which works to accommodate Westbrook’s erratic play style and undesirable shot selection.
There’s a lot to like about Westbrook, but his shooting percentages alone should be enough to scare Morey away.
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