Rockets Roster & Starting Lineup With Russell Westbrook

Friday, July 12, 2019 3:05 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 12, 2019 3:05 PM UTC

The Thunder agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025. We will take a look at their roster and starting lineup now that Westbrook has reunited with James Harden.

<div><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/rockets-trade-for-russell-westbrook-chris-paul-goes-to-thunder/91075/" target="_blank">Russell Westbrook</a>, his agent and the Thunder worked together to send the 2017 <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank">NBA</a> MVP to a destination of his choice and according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young, he wanted to reunite with James Harden, who convinced the Rockets to go after his former teammate in OKC.</p><p><strong>Rockets Roster &amp; Starting Lineup With Russell Westbrook </strong></p><p>*Notates expected starter</p><p>C: Clint Capela*, Tyson Chandler, Isaiah Hartenstein, Dyonta Davis<br />PF: P.J. Tucker*<br />SF: Eric Gordon*, Danuel House Jr., Gerald Green, Gary Clark<br />SG: James Harden*, Michael Frazier, William McDowell-White<br />PG: Russell Westbrook*, Austin Rivers, Chris Chiozza, Shamorie Ponds, Chris Clemons</p><p>Harden and Westbrook played together with the Thunder for three years and their Big Three with Kevin Durant reached the 2012 NBA Finals, eventually losing 4-1 to the Heat.</p><p>Adding Westbrook keeps the Rockets in the mix in a tough Western Conference that has an impressive amount of star power.</p><p>With James Harden and Chris Paul leading the way, the Rockets came the closest of anybody to taking down the Warriors in the Western Conference in the last two seasons but according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Harden and Paul had tense moments with one another throughout Game 6 of their second round series against Golden State in last year's playoffs, culminating with a <em>"verbal exchange in the locker room regarding ball distribution."</em></p><p>The championship window for the Rockets remains open with Westbrook replacing Paul but these former teammates have crazy usage rates.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Over the last 5 seasons, Russell Westbrook and James Harden rank 1st and 2nd in usage rate. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/CXrerZiRYp\"&gt;https://t.co/CXrerZiRYp&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ESPN Stats &amp;amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/1149478803623669766?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Harden and Westbrook need the ball in their hands and one of them will have to make a sacrifice. Paul only had usage rates of 24.5 and 22.5 in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively while a usage rate below 25 is unfamiliar territory for Westbrook. Still, Westbrook has averaged a triple-double in three straight seasons and the pairing with Harden looks astonishing on paper.</p><p>Can Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni reconstruct his offense to tailor the needs of Harden and Westbrook? This roster has plenty of questions and the Rockets will go as far as Harden and Westbrook's willingness to sacrifice takes them. Houston was at +1400 to win the NBA Championship before the Westbrook and now they're at +800.</p><div><p><strong><u>Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship<br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BetOnline</a>)</u></strong></p><p>Los Angeles Clippers +350</p><p>Los Angeles Lakers +500</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks +500</p><p>Houston Rockets +800</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers +900</p><p>Golden State Warriors +1400</p><p>Utah Jazz +1400</p><p>Denver Nuggets +1400</p><p>Boston Celtics +2000</p><div><p>Brooklyn Nets +3300</p><p>Portland Trail Blazers +3300<br /><br />Toronto Raptors +3300</p><p>Dallas Mavericks +4000</p><p>Indiana Pacers +4000<br /><br />Miami Heat +5000<br /><br />San Antonio Spurs +6600</p><p>New Orleans Pelicans +10000</p><p>Sacramento Kings +12500<br /><br />Atlanta Hawks +15000</p><p>Detroit Pistons +15000<br /><br />Oklahoma City Thunder +15000<br /><br />Orlando Magic +15000<br /><br />Minnesota Timberwolves +20000<br /><br />Chicago Bulls +25000</p><p>Memphis Grizzlies +30000<br /><br />New York Knicks +30000<br /><br />Phoenix Suns +30000<br /><br />Washington Wizards +30000<br /><br />Charlotte Hornets +50000</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers +50000</p></div></div></div>
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