Westbrook Worry Meter

The Lakers traded their surrounding cast for Russell Westbrook this offseason — and there’s legitimate reason for concern.

The triple-double king turned in a triple-single dud in the Lakers’ opening day 121-114 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.

It would be less concerning if this weren’t an immediate continuation of Westbrook’s poor preseason play — and an early red flag about the roster’s depth and his questionable fit alongside a ball-dominant LeBron James.

  • The Lakers traded Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and a first-round pick for Russ, investing $91.2 million in him over the next two years.
  • He finished with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, four turnovers, and a team-worst minus-23 in 35 minutes. 
  • They were outscored by 21 points in the 14 minutes Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony played together — the worst point differential by any two-man combo in last night’s loss.
  • Even though James and Anthony Davis finished with 34 and 33 points, respectively, no other Laker finished with 10+ points.

The nine-time All-Star’s $44.3 million cap figure is the highest on the Lakers, yet he turned the ball over 23 times and shot 32.7% from the field in the preseason. Last night was only the third time he’s ever finished with a full single-digit statline in the past two years.

Russ and the Lakers face the Western Conference Champion Suns on Friday.