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Russell Westbrook Or Chris Paul?

In our latest installment of NBA Stat Battle, senior sportswriters Neil Paine and Chris Herring try to decide if James Harden’s new (well … newish) teammate Russell Westbrook is an upgrade over his former backcourt partner Chris Paul.

The Paul-Harden Rockets never quite figured it out, advancing only as far as the Western Conference Finals back in 2018. Is Westbrook the answer that Harden and company need to finally make it to the NBA Finals?

Watch the video above to see who our sportswriters picked, and stick around to find out which player our new NBA metric, RAPTOR, prefers!

And check out our previous installments of Stat Battle:

Luka vs. Trae
Kemba vs. Kyrie
Antetokounmpo vs. Jokić

Check out our latest NBA predictions.

Tony Chow is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Chris Herring was a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.


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