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Where the Houston Rockets’ stars fit in the top 10 players in the NBA

By Tevin Williams
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images /
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Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket on
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket on /

. Guard. Russell Westbrook. 10. 169.

Russell Westbrook’s shooting numbers were down last year. He shot just 29 percent from the 3-point line, his lowest mark since the 2009-10 season and he shot just 65.6 percent from the free throw line, which was a career low.

Westbrook has never been a phenomenal outside shooter, so his 3-point percentage isn’t surprising, but the Brodie has really taken a step back at the charity stripe as a career 80.1 percent free throw shooter.

Despite a down shooting year, Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game. Westbrook has now averaged a triple double in three consecutive seasons and very few people seem to be making a big deal about it after he broke Oscar Robertson‘s record in the 2016-17 season. Despite his erratic shooting, Westbrook is a phenomenal all-around players who is a nightly triple-double threat.

. . Guard. Damian Lillard. 9. 34

Damian Lillard really solidified himself as one of the best point guards in the league last season. He averaged 25.8 points and 6.9 assists per game while leading Portland to the third best record in the west.

Lilllard outplayed both Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the first-round of the postseason, and his 50-point outburst and 37-foot game-winner over the outstretched arms of George in Game 5 was one of the best buzzer beaters in recent memory.

With his limitless range and an ability to get to the rim, Lillard is in line for another big season next year.

Next: Nos. 7-8

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