How Clippers signing a 9-time All-Star point guard helps the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard
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Russell Westbrook is a net negative to the Clippers as Dallas Mavericks look to make a run

Westbrook had a negative-1.0 net rating this season during his time with the Lakers. This is his third straight year with a negative net rating, and the team’s net rating with him on the floor has been worse than without him each time. The future Hall of Famer struggles on the defensive end of the floor, and he can no longer make up for it with incredible offense.

Westbrook is a better fit on the LA Clippers. They have plenty of shooting and perimeter defense to cover for his deficiencies. The Clippers need a point guard to run their offense and attack the rim. Westbrook excels in those areas, but making it fit on the court is all that matters.

The nine-time All-Star has struggled to do that since leaving Oklahoma City. Can he make it work in LA over the final 21 games of the regular season? Westbrook is playing with two other superstars and arguably the most talented team in the NBA. Finding his role and fit is a must if the Clippers want to go on a deep playoff run.

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Judging by the last three seasons, Russell Westbrook's signing with the LA Clippers helps the Dallas Mavericks if the two sides face off in the playoffs. Luka Doncic loves attacking small players, and Westbrook has struggled mightily on the defensive end in recent years. Fans will be fired up for a third postseason meeting if it takes place. How will the future Hall of Famer fit in LA? Stay tuned to find out.