The Los Angeles Lakers camp is in all sorts of places at the moment. After getting the momentum with a four game winning streak, the Lakers are back to where they started the season. They blew yet another 14 point lead in their loss to the Sacramento Kings to fall to .500. Notably, new comer Russell Westbrook has struggled to make his mark in recent games. And now it seems that even NBA 2K is going after Russ and the Lakers.
Westbrook came in as the third star in this Laker roster. While he has shown his true abilities on multiple occasions, recent games are a different story. The former league MVP has struggled to score. Russ has failed to be the star next to LeBron James, who has been on fire this season.
Jan 7, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after scoring a basket and drawing the foul against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Hence, his rating on NBA 2k took a drop. However, it became bitter as a former Laker got a higher rating that Brodie.
Kyle Kuzma takes over Russell Westbrook
With the system of NBA 2K, follows the live rating system. It updates ratings in accordance with real time performances of players. Hence, with Westbrook struggling, the Laker guard has his rating at 81. On the other hand, former Laker Kyle Kuzma took a jump to 82. This got twitter going.
The Lebron effect
— Sam (@Pogbasbaee) January 14, 2022
LeWashed Held Kuzma back and Brickbrook got Worse
— $$Dom$$ (@Ddelliponti08) January 14, 2022
LeBron really taught this man kuz how to be a leader I’m breaking into tears rn greatest leader of all time
— 𝐻𝒶𝓇𝒹𝑒𝓃𝓈𝐵𝑒𝓉𝓉𝒶 (@HardensBetta) January 14, 2022
Lakers lost the trade
— 𝘛𝘺 (@HatingTyy) January 14, 2022
Don’t let this trick yall. Lebron still put Kuzma on
— Pats are on the Come Up (@GunnersW0RLD) January 14, 2022
To be fair, Kuzma has been HOOPIN’!
— GOWIE (@DaKidGowie) January 14, 2022
İm sorry for all the things that i said for kuzma Last playoff but he deserves respect for what he did in this 1 month
— Taha (21-21) (@Tahaaa_1) January 14, 2022
During the launch of the game back in October 2021, Russ started off with an 86 overall. However, since then he has only received downgrades in his rating. With his current poor run, the Laker star further dropped to a rating and sits at 81. Over the course of the last three games, Russ is putting up just 8 points per game while shooting under 30%. He has clearly struggled and will need to figure things out for the Lakers to win.
Since his move away from the Lakers, Kuzma is thriving. He has been putting up big numbers for the Washington WIzards and has been a crucial piece. The forward has a double double in 3 of his last 5 games and scored over 20 points in four of them. He has helped the Wizards to a surprising 22-20 record for the season and continues to grow as a player. Hence, he deserved the rating boost.
While players don’t have much regard for NBA2K ratings, there are real signs of worry for the Lakers LeBron is left to be a solo act and Russ has barely shown up in games. If this continues, they will take a bigger fall into the season. Do you think Russell Westbrook will bounce back against the Denver Nuggets? Let us know in the comments below.