Russell Westbrook & James Harden’s Stats Show of Scary Upside

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James Harden and Russell Westbrook

As one of arguably the craziest NBA offseasons in history rolls along, it’s safe to say that the league’s best backcourt is now set. Following the blockbuster trade which sent Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets, it reunites former teammates and two top-tier stars.

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Westbrook will team back up with Harden, a duo which spent three seasons together before the latter was moved to the Rockets. Prior to the deal, Russ and Harden managed to coexist while posting strong numbers playing alongside each other, but they only scratch the surface of their scary upside.

We’re going to take a look at the stats Westbrook and Harden posted during the three seasons together in Oklahoma City, with the 2011-12 season offering a glimpse of what 2019-20 may look like.

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Russell Westbrook & James Harden’s Stats Together With Thunder

The first year in which Westbrook and Harden teamed up was in 2009-10, which was Harden’s rookie year. While Harden averaged just 9.9 and 12.2 points per game in his first two seasons while playing 22.9 and 26.7 minutes, Westbrook posted marks of 16.1 points/8.0 assists and 21.9 poitns/8.2 assists over that stretch.

But both players improved their scoring marks in the final season together, even with Kevin Durant averaging 28.0 points per game. Westbrook (23.6 points per) and Harden (16.8) had career years from a scoring standpoint (to that point), and it quickly became apparent what type of upside both players had.

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In turn, this is what led to the trade sending Harden out of town. The Thunder knew it’d be nearly impossible to pay Westbrook, Harden, Durant and Serge Ibaka, but there’s no question looking back that the deal wasn’t a wise move.

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