Age: 50 Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 lbs School: UCLA
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley and Digital Editor-In-Chief Maurice Peebles talk about the likelihood that Rockets Russell Westbrook will head to New York in the offseason.
The 76ers have two of the brightest stars in the game in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and they bank their success on their talent and level of play. Simmons' all-around play and all-around importance to the team earned him a spot on the All-NBA Third Team . Simmons joins Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum, Rudy Gobert, and Russell Westbrook on the team. What is a little surprising is that Embiid was not named to any of the All-NBA Teams. While he did have an off-year by his standards, he still averaged a gaudy 23 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists while being named an All-Star for the third consecutive season
James Harden and the Houston Rockets believed the addition of Russell Westbrook and their unorthodox small lineup would be what they needed to win their first title in 25 years. Instead, they suffered another early playoff exit and must find a coach after Mike D'Antoni told them he wouldn't return after he and management couldn't agree on a new contract. The Rockets beat Oklahoma City in seven games in the first round and won Game 1 against the Lakers before losing the next four games to be eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight year.
With the 2019-20 Rockets season coming to a disappointing end in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Speculation will naturally pick up in the days ahead about potential offseason changes. With an All-Star backcourt of recent league MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook — and both now 31 years old — there’s a clear sense of urgency to make a title push sooner rather than later. Yet, with no salary cap room for the foreseeable future and most rotation players under contract for at least next season, it’s not easy to dramatically change the Houston roster.
When Rajon Rondo's brother, William, waved goodbye to an irate Russell Westbrook and the Rockets, it could be a sign of things to come in Houston.