The Washington Wizards made a major change to their backcourt for the 2020-21 season, trading John Wall to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.
Wall missed the entire 2019-20 season due to a torn Achilles. As a result, the Wizards had to rely on Bradley Beal to carry their offense on a nightly basis. That probably won’t be the case this upcoming season since he’ll have Westbrook by his side.
On Saturday, Westbrook was asked about teaming up with Beal. It’s evident that he thinks very highly of the former No. 3 overall pick, as he used the word “superstar” telling reporters “Brad is a superstar talent…He showed that last year.”
Beal certainly showed that he’s a superstar last season, averaging 30.5 points and 6.1 assists per game.
Russell Westbrook: “Brad (Beal) is a superstar talent…He showed that last year."
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 5, 2020
If Beal and Westbrook can develop chemistry on the court, the Wizards should be a legitimate threat to make the playoffs. There aren’t many NBA teams with a backcourt that can average over 50 points per game together.
Westbrook will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season, per ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I know this about Westbrook right now. He has been very bothered, I’m told, by the suggestion of the kind of teammate he is and the criticism he’s taken in the last year about being a great teammate,” Wojnarowski said. “That’s important to him. I think going to Washington, I think that’s extra motivation for him to really try to make it work with Bradley Beal.”
With the NBA season only a couple of weeks away, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes Beal and Westbrook to get on the same page.