Russell Westbrook pinkdiamond card
98 Overall
  • 91 INS
  • 91 OUT
  • 92 PLY
  • 98 ATH
  • 89 DEF
  • 77 REB

Hustle Westbrook

Written by xTB33x

He's back, and he can shoot a basketball now!

Bought for: 80,000 MT

Pros:

  • Shooting: You see the badges, you see the stats, I'll just add that his jumper is money and he can be lights out. Simple as that.
  • Slashing: It wouldn't be a Westbrook card if he couldn't blow by everyone and dunk on whoever wants it. He has the Turkoglu behind the back animation as well which I personally love to both get open or get around defenders.
  • Defense: Far from a liability. HOF Clamps is almost becoming a necessity at PG but on top of that he gets boards at will and can hang in there with oversized PG cheese thanks to HOF Pogo + Gold Intimidator.
  • Playmaking: Since he can do it all offensively, it's much easier to create scoring opportunities for other players on your team if your opponent stresses him too much. HOF Dimer + Floor General too? It's over.

Cons:

  • Size: Not a problem for me and my play style personally but some people might not feel as comfortable to have Russ against Ben Simmons every other game.
  • Some Badges: Nobody's perfect so I guess I can find something to complain about. He's missing Deadeye, Corner Specialist, and could use some badges such as Handles for Days to be higher than they already are. Mind you I could hardly keep a straight face typing that last sentence because it's not that big of a deal.

Recommended Strategy: Drive and Kick, Pick and Roll, Isolation

Other Comments: I'm no economist so I'm not sure if he'll become cheaper anytime soon. What I will say is that he's worth far more than 80k and may be the best PG in the game right now pound for pound.

Use if: You want a well-rounded, god-tier PG that's affordable for a non-spender.

Don't use if: You need a 6'7 and above PG in order to win games.

Words of Wisdom: I had Walt Frazier for what I thought was the long haul until Westbrook came along. He's typically one of the most fun cards to use in my opinion thanks to his animations and athleticism, and this card didn't disappoint. He can shoot from the logo, dunk on Yao Ming, and defend with the best of them. What more could you want?


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