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Houston Rockets: 3 goals for Russell Westbrook in 2019-20 season

By Tevin Williams
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

3. Make at least a third of his 3-pointers

Russell Westbrook isn’t a great 3-point shooter. In fact, he’s been a poor shooter from long distance, shooting just 30.9 percent from downtown over the last five years and he shot just under 30 percent in four of those five seasons.

Westbrook is heading into his 12th season, so a huge jump in 3-point efficiency would be very unlikely at this stage in his career. However, he did shoot a career-high 34.3 percent from downtown in the 2016-17 season on 7.2 3-point attempts per game.

That still isn’t great, but its definitely serviceable. If Westbrook can make at least a third of his 3-point attempts next year, that would be the equivalent of nailing half of his 2-point shot attempts. That simple fact is the main reason why Houston shoots so many 3-pointers. So, if Westbrook can just make a marginal improvement in his outside shooting, his effective field goal percentage will improve as will his impact in Mike D’Antoni‘s system.

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