In today’s Power Lunch chat, Darnell Mayberry was asked whether Russell Westbrook could average more than 10 assists per game next season if James Harden started beside him. Here’s Darnell’s answer:
No. The total is more likely to go down, actually. And perhaps it should. Harden is a better playmaker. If he does indeed start next season, he should have the ball in his hands a good amount to make things easy and cut out some of that foolish one-on-one stuff. Russ averaged 8.2 assists last year. With a full year of leeway and a green light to attack, I see that number going down. Besides, only three players averaged 10-plus assists last year: Nash, Rondo and D-Will. CP came 0.2 assists shy. That’s a hard thing to do.
What do you think? Do you agree? Read the rest of Darnell’s chat here.