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Rockets GM Daryl Morey implies Russell Westbrook tells his teammates to let him grab rebounds

Russell Westbrook, James Harden

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (0) and Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) talk on the court after an NBA basketball game in Houston, Sunday, March 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


Nylon Calculus posted its annual Anti-Awards, a fun feature that gives statistical dishonors like “The Matt Bullard Award” for “the player 6-foot-10 or taller with the lowest total rebound percentage. (Minimum 500 minutes).”

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted at Bullard, who played for Houston and now provides color commentary on the team’s local telecasts, about Hakeem Olajuwon’s role in Bullard’s poor rebounding numbers:

He’s clearly talking about Russell Westbrook, who could beat Morey’s guy – James Harden – for Most Valuable Player.

Does Westbrook sometimes chase stats? Yes. Does he take rebounds from his teammates who box out for him? Yes.

But let’s not pretend he’s the only one who chases his own numbers. So does Harden at times.

Westbrook still averaged more contested rebounds per game than Harden despite playing fewer minutes per game and in a slower system.