3 Reasons why a Westbrook for Wall swap would be a mistake for the Rockets
By Lachard Binkley
1. Westbrook is a much better player than Wall
If both players are healthy and injuries are not a concern, who is the better player between Wall and Westbrook? Granted, that’s a big if in the case of Wall, as there’s no guarantee that he’ll ever resort to a clean bill of health again.
But even if both players are healthy, Westbrook is still the better player between the two. Over their career Westbrook has averaged more points (23.2 points to Wall’s 19), more rebounds (7.9 to Wall’s 4.3), and a better free throw percentage (79.9 percent to Wall’s 78.1 percent).
In addition, Westbrook has a higher career Player Efficiency Rating through his career than Wall, with the Houston Rockets guard averaging a PER of 23.5 compared to Wall’s 19.4. Also, for as much as Westbrook is bashed for not being the most efficient scorer, his career true shooting percentage ranks higher than Wall’s, with the difference being 53 percent to 51.9 percent.
Westbrook has eight more all NBA team selections and has played in 106 playoff games compared to Wall’s 37. Although many consider Westbrook’s most recent season to be a down season, Westbrook averaged more points and rebounds and had a higher field goal percentage than Wall did in his best year of 2016-17.
Westbrook is simply still a better player than Wall will be once he is back on the court, which is enough reason to not pull the trigger on the deal, not to mention the other aforementioned reasons.