The NBA Substance Report: #18 Out of 30 - Russell Westbrook


THE RUNDOWN


The Substance Report is an official rankings that I thought was necessary to come up with to determine which players throughout the league are most valuable to their team. Each day, for the next 17 days, there will be an article dedicated to a single player that demonstrates both his value to the league, but more importantly, the weight on his shoulders on his own team.


An example of the rhetorical questions to ask yourself throughout the readings of the ranking is something along the lines of, "What would the Warriors look like without Stephen Curry? How much worse off would they be as a team? Could they still win an NBA Championship if they just released him to the depths of a fiery hell? Would Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson's efficiency go up because they would have more shot opportunities with Steph out of the rotation?" and other important meditations similar to that nature.


This is what the rankings look like so far.


THE SUBSTANCE REPORT RANKINGS

30. Lou "Two Girls and They Get Along Like I'm Lou Will" Williams

29. Domantas "Arvydas's Son" Sabonis

28. Montrezl "Holy Shit That Guy Tries Hard" Harrell

27. Mike "Never Leaving Memphis Because Cash Rules Everything Around Me C.R.E.A.M.!" Conley

26. Klay "Not Just Steph's Sidekick" Thompson

25. Trae "Ugliest Player in the League" Young

24. Ben "Kendall Jenner's Bae/Fresh Prince" Simmons

23. Nikola "Diet Jokic" Vucevic

22. Karl-Anthony "Who Was the Last Good Player With Two First Names?" Towns

21. Blake "Pray My Knees Will Be Okay Come April" Griffin

20. Devin "Should I Just Become a Point Guard?" Booker

19. Anthony "'I'll Tell On You To Rich Paul!'/AD" Davis


18. Russell "I Didn't Know a Professional Could Take Their Job Too Seriously/Why Not?" Westbrook

I'll be the first to admit it: I have a very intense, consistently altering love/hate relationship with the basketball player Russell Westbrook. I think he has the potential to be one of the greatest point guards of all-time from an athletic, fundamental, and cerebral standpoint. But, I also believe he can be the sole reason for a lot of people's misery, including mine, his own, Kevin Durant's, Paul George's, the entire city of OKC's, and many, many more.


There is no doubt in my mind that I consider myself one of his many admirers when it comes to his fashion sensibility. The dude wears whatever the fuck he feels like wearing at that exact moment, and somehow makes it look good (it does help that his sub division of the Jordan brand's motto is literally "Why Not?"). Sometimes there's even subtle messages within his wardrobe choices, like when he wore a photographer's vest for his hallway entrance the first time the Thunder and Warriors played after Kevin Durant's departure (KD likes to play photographer in his free time during the offseason, but Westbrook swears that this attire decision wasn't a jab at his former Thunder buddy).