Tritodian wrote:And I already said that Westbrok takes way more (bad) shots in that same amount of time, which leads to his higher USG%.
Westbrook took 5 more FGA/game than Harden this year. It's a sizeable gap, but not an Earth-shattering one, and it's largely because Harden has other options like Gordon, Ariza and Anderson who are capable of taking on more of the scoring load.
And why do you use Passes made/MPG instead of Passes made/time of possession?
To account for the difference in playing time. But if we look at passes made/time of possession, the gap gets even narrower: Harden made only 0.6 more passes/TOP than Westbrook did. Is 0.6 really the difference between team player and selfish chucker to you?
Harden also has more secondary assists, which doesn't directly contribute to his stats.That's a meaningful difference.
Passes per game =/= assists. Passes per game would naturally include the passes that set up secondary assists.
Also, tell me when Westbrook was this ball dominant and had the all-time USG% in the past?
He set what was then the second-highest single-season USG% of all time (now the third-highest) with 38.37% in 2014-15. His 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons also rank among the top 60 all-time. So yes, he has had historically high usage rates in the past.
I'm saying this year's version of Westbrook is being especially detrimental to the growth and development of his teammates
Yes, I know that's what you're saying. But just saying it isn't enough if you can't prove it. And so far, you haven't proven it.
Lastly, Adams, Oladipo, Gibson, Kanter, and McDermott were all on an upward trajectory in terms of TS% before they started to play with this version of Westbrook.
Again, that isn't true. Gibson and McDermott's TS% were already declining in Chicago this season before
they got traded to OKC. You can't possibly blame Westbrook for declines that were already happening without him. Oladipo's TS% this year was the exact same as last year's - he isn't on a downward trajectory in that stat. You are still
lying about stats that have been presented to you multiple times. At this point, it's clear that you're not interested in a good-faith discussion. You just want to bash Westbrook regardless of whether or not your criticisms have any merit.