Following Wednesday night’s thrilling performance against Western Conference rivals the New Orleans Pelicans, the purple and gold won their second straight game. It appears that bringing former MVP Russell Westbrook off the bench as a 6th man is the solution to the team’s success.
While it’s still too early in the season to tell, as of right now it seems to finally work… it just took a matter of a few games to get the ball rolling.
Editor’s note: The Lakers have dropped two games in a row since this article was written
Russell Westbrook has been showing out lately off the bench
Despite his early season struggles, such as a 0-6 three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. This all changed during their game against the Denver Nuggets, where he fully embraced his role, flirting with a triple-double with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. These heroics contributed to the team’s first victory.
Not to be outdone in their second victory, he continued to play the role of second unit leader, finishing with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. It’s clear that when he’s laser-focused on this role, it has a positive impact on the game.
Now he gets to lead a unit that includes young talent such as Austin Reeves and fan favorite Matt Ryan.
Russ for 6th Man of The Year?
While it is never too early to begin a campaign for an award, why not advocate for Westbrook to win the 6th Man of The Year Award? If he continues to play at this level, he should earn his share of votes.
He could be joining an illustrious group of players who have won both MVP and Sixth Man of the Year awards, including James Harden and Bill Walton. Darvin Ham is one person who has already started the conversation. And once you have the belief of your coach, the sky is the limit for you.
Don’t be surprised if he keeps doing this. If you see him adding more trophies to his collection, you know the hype train is on. Cast your votes now.