Russell Westbrook is about to pass several legends on the all-time NBA scoring list

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While he often gets criticized for some shortcomings and errors, Russell Westbrook is moving up on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Russell Westbrook is a polarizing player. He’s been the league’s MVP and was considered one of the best in the NBA, but now Westbrook is the recipient of seemingly relentless criticism and critiques for his shortcomings as a player. However, whatever limitations he does have, haven’t been able to keep Westbrook from moving up among the all-time NBA scoring leaders.

In fact, Westbrook is almost set to move into the top 30 of the all-time scorers in the NBA. If he has a decent showing in his next game, Westbrook will pass a couple of NBA legends for that spot on the list.

As it stands right now, Westbrook has already surpassed many NBA greats throughout the entirety of his career.

Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Westbrook now has 23,164 points throughout his career. Ahead of the likes of Elgin Baylor, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, and Larry Bird, Westbrook holds the 32nd spot among NBA scorers. He is currently just two points behind Dwyane Wade and 14 points behind Adrian Dantley.

Los Angeles Lakers: Russell Westbrook set to surpass some NBA legends on NBA all-time scoring list

While Westbrook should absolutely receive some criticism for the downsides to the way he plays and the fact that he is far from being the most efficient player ever, it’s clear that his career has been an interesting and still remarkable one.

From being a huge reason why the Oklahoma City Thunder were relevant to leading the Thunder following the departure of Kevin Durant to becoming a bit of a journeyman in search of a championship, Westbrook has played a number of different roles throughout the years. He’s not exactly the player he once was, but he’s still making a mark on the NBA.

With just a few more points in the Lakers’ next game, Westbrook will be one of the top 30 scorers in the history of the NBA.

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