Houston Rockets wishlist: 5 Guys that could help Russell Westbrook’s shot
By Josh Paredes
5. Cuttino Mobley
No stranger to letting it fly from deep, Cuttino Mobley spent his first six seasons with the Houston Rockets, putting up All-Star-caliber numbers in several seasons. Presently, Mobley still ranks fifth in all-time 3-pointers made in Rockets history (672) and fifth in attempts (1807).
Throughout his time in H-Town, Mobley shot above 35 percent from 3-point range every season and eclipsed the 39 percent mark twice. The retired NBA veteran doesn’t have any coaching experience to speak of, but being a good shooter is a good enough qualification to give Russell Westbrook some pointers on what’s wrong with his jump shot.
Mobley has given his own coaching opinions on how the Rockets should run their team in the past, so we know he still keeps tabs on the club.
4. Sam Cassell
Sam Cassell will likely have a head coaching position by next season, as there have been rumors circulating him for weeks. The downfall of the LA Clippers also should motivate him to seek a higher position elsewhere, with the Houston Rockets being a likely destination.
Cassell becoming Houston’s next head coach would not only be a good fit given the history between him and the city, but it would also benefit Westbrook when it comes to shooting. Sam Cassell was a 33.3 percent shooter from the outside and had six seasons in which he shot better than 34 percent.
The 50-year old three-time champion also was a mid-range master in his day, even being chosen by TNT to demonstrate the fundamentals of the shot in a video series. Westbrook shoots by far the most mid-range shots on the team at 5.2 attempts per game, with the next-highest being 0.3. Unfortunately, his shooting is abysmal in that department as well, at 26.8 percent.
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