Russell Westbrook is very dominant with the basketball but he will have to give it up to make his team better. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George will need the basketball to be successful but if Westbrook focuses on assists--this deal could work. Westbrook has proven to be a triple-double master and he could average an astounding amount of assists if he plays with control and wisdom.
2) Melo’s Attitude:
Does Carmelo truly want to have a championship? Does he truly want to win above everything else? He will have to put his stamp on the game in a different category and not be consumed with his scoring numbers. He has been a solid rebounder throughout his career, averaging 7 boards. If he can improve on tha for OKC it could be huge. This deal only works if the team plays unselfish ball, so Melo will have to let old habits die.
The possibilities for this new “Big Three” of Westbrook/Melo/George are endless. They could start all three, putting George at either the two-guard or power forward positions. They could elect to bring one off the bench to help lead their second unit--this could be Melo. He wouldn’t have to sacrifice his game much then, but could his ego take the bench role? This deal could be a disaster but sometimes you have to take a chance and bet on talent.