Gilbert Arenas gives praise to Rockets’ Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Gilbert Arenas explains why he would pay to see Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook in person.

Houston Rockets superstar Russell Westbrook is viewed as one of the most entertaining and exciting players in the NBA, as he plays with 110 percent energy and effort on a nightly basis. Despite being in year 12, The Brodie remains one of the league’s true highflyers, as he’s defied father time.

Russ has always dazzled us with elite athleticism while being a walking triple-double, as he became the first player in NBA history since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for the entirety of the season, which The Big O accomplished in the 1961-62 season.

Russ is uber-competitive, as he once said his only friend on the court is Spalding, which reflects the mentality Russ takes the court with. But the combination of Westbrook’s psyche and his athletic marvels have long made him one of the quintessential players worth watching in person, as explained by Gilbert Arenas.

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Arenas was on the Knuckleheads podcast and provided the explanation of why he would pay to go see Russ perform in person.

“I’d go see Russ cause if you spend $20,000 on a floor seat, he’s going to give you the energy where you’ll be like alright. I paid for this energy.”

For as impressive as Westbrook’s career had been through his first eleven years in Oklahoma City, he’s had arguably his best season with the Houston Rockets, as the spacing of the small ball strategy allowed him to exploit defensive mismatches. Westbrook ripped off 34 consecutive 20-point games, which is a career-best, and he’s made 47.4 percent of his shots, which is also a career-high.

Not only that, Westbrook has also entered rare and elite territory this season, although it didn’t get discussed much when the league was in action.

Russell Westbrook is one of only three players this season with 1400 points, 400 rebounds, and 370 assists.

The other two are LeBron James and Luka Doncic.

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) April 20, 2020

Russ has averaged 27.5 points per game this season, which ranks seventh-best in the league, and he’s averaged seven assists per game, which ranks 11th-best in the league. Russ has already entrenched himself in the Houston Rockets record books, as he’s become the first Rockets player not named James Harden to average 27 points or better since Hakeem Olajuwon pulled it off in the 1994-95 season.

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As that season ended in a championship for the Rockets, one can only imagine if the Rockets will have the same end result this season. The good thing is they’re set to travel to Orlando on Thursday, so we’ll finally get to see.