Lakers’ Russell Westbrook Emerges As Favorite To Win Sixth Man Of The Year Award

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Lakers coach Darvin Ham to Russell Westbrook: 'Believe in me, bro'

Over the past two weeks, Lakers PG Russell Westbrook has transitioned into a role coming off the bench. He said he was willing to sacrifice anything to try and turn the season around. The Lakers are just 2-9 to start the season and are in last place in the Pacific Division. Recenetly, Westbrook has emearged as a favorite for an award that he’s never won before in his career. 

Westbrook has plenty of accolades throughout his career including nine-time all-star, two-time scoring champ, nine-time All-NBA, 2016-17 MVP, and three-time assist champ just to name a few. Now, he’s the betting favorite for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. He’s been in his role coming off the bench for the Lakers for over a week now and has been thriving.

NBA betting sites have Westbrook at (+175) to win Sixth Man of the Year.

Russell Westbrook is betting favorite for Sixth Man of the Year

In the games where Westbrook has been used off the bench, he’s averaging (18.6) points, (5.1) rebounds, and (7.1) assists per game. On top of that he is shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from the three-point line. It’s a massive improvement compared to the awful numbers he put up as a starter. In the three games he did not come off the bench, he shot just 29 percent from the field and a putrid 8 percent from the three-point line.

Lakers first year head coach Darvin Ham said that he wanted to get Westbrook’s name in the conversation for Sixth Man of the Year, and he’s done just that.

Westbrook has improved this season since coming off the bench, but he needs his teammates to do the same if they want to try and turn their season around. As a team the Lakers are dead last in three-point percentage and offensive rating this season. The Lakers will play next on Friday night vs the Sacramento Kings.

Zach Wolpin is an NBA and NFL expert who's been betting on the league for over three years now. Wolpin has been a fan of the NBA and has been watching for a decade and a half. He covers the latest news and stories surrounding the league daily. His passion in life is watching sports and being able to share that through his sports writing. He has written about the NBA and other sports leagues through various media outlets over the years like Sir Charles In Charge, G-Men HQ, and TAP into South Plainfield. Before he became an NBA News Writer, Wolpin attended Montclair State University where he graduated in 2021. He studied Sports Media and Writing while in school.

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