Westbrook with Oklahoma City in January 2015
|No. 0 – Oklahoma City Thunder|
November 12, 1988 |
Long Beach, California
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Leuzinger (Lawndale, California)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|2008–present||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Russell Westbrook Jr. (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Westbrook played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and was selected with the fourth pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics who then relocated to Oklahoma City six days after. The point guard is a four-time NBA All-Star, and he was named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2015. He is also a three-time All-NBA Second Team member. Westbrook has also represented the United States on their national team twice, winning gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics.
- 1 Early years
- 2 High school career
- 3 College career
- 4 NBA career
- 5 International career
- 6 Player profile
- 7 NBA career statistics
- 8 Awards and honors
- 9 Endorsements
- 10 Personal life
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Sr. and Shannon Horton. Growing up in Hawthorne, Westbrook was a childhood friend of Khelcey Barrs, a talented young player who had been attracting interest from major college basketball schools as a 6-foot-6, 200 pound high school sophomore. However, Barrs died from cardiomegaly after playing a series of late night basketball games in 2004.
High school career
Westbrook entered Leuzinger High School as an unheralded 5-foot-8, 140-pound freshman point guard with size 14 shoes. He didn't start on his school's varsity team until his junior year, and did not receive his first college recruiting letter until the summer before his senior year. Westbrook reached his adult height of 6′3″ that same summer.
During his senior year, Westbrook averaged 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists and led them to a 25-4 record. That same season, he recorded 14 double-doubles, scored 30 or more points on eight separate occasions, and registered a career-best 51 points at Carson on January 6, 2006. Westbrook did not attract much attention from top college basketball programs until Ben Howland offered him a scholarship to play for the UCLA Bruins after Jordan Farmar declared for the NBA Draft.
Westbrook wore number 0 throughout his career at UCLA. In his freshman year, he played as a back up to Darren Collison and was primarily used as a defender and energy player off the bench. Westbrook averaged 3.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists on the year. The next season after Darren Collison was injured, he was named the starter and finished the season averaging 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals. At the end of the year, he was named All-Pac-10 Third Team and won Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
UCLA advanced to the Final Four during each of Westbrook's seasons with the team. In 2007, they lost to eventual national champion Florida, 76–66 and in 2008, they lost 78–63 to the University of Memphis. After two years at UCLA, he decided to forgo his final two years and enter the 2008 NBA draft.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–present)
Westbrook was selected 4th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics (later known as the Oklahoma City Thunder due to sale of team and relocation). He signed with the team on July 5, 2008.
On March 2, 2009 Westbrook recorded his first career triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was the first rookie since Chris Paul and the third rookie in Sonics/Thunder franchise history (Art Harris and Gary Payton) to record a triple-double.
Westbrook averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals on the season. He finished fourth in the 2008–09 NBA Rookie of the Year voting behind Rookie of the Year winner Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), O. J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) and Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets). He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team.
In his second year, and first season as a full-time starter, Westbrook went on to average 16.1 points, 8.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals on the season. On April 4, 2010, he recorded 10 points and a career-high 16 assists in a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder made a huge turnaround by more than doubling their wins from the previous season and qualified for the playoffs with a 50–32 record. However, the Thunder were eliminated by the eventual world champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. In the series, Westbrook stepped up his play from the regular season, averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.2 steals.
On November 26, 2010, Westbrook scored a then-career-high 43 points against the Indiana Pacers. On December 1, 2010, he scored 38 points with 9 assists and achieved a new career-high of 15 rebounds in a triple-overtime win over the New Jersey Nets.
Westbrook finished the season with averages of 21.9 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time. The Thunder finished the season at 55–27 and lost to the eventual world champion Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Westbrook averaged 23.8 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds in the playoffs.
Westbrook was again selected by the coaches to participate in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. On March 23, 2012, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 149–140 double overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged 23.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals for the lockout-shortened season and was voted to the All-NBA Second Team for the second year in a row.
Westbrook helped lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals for the first time since the franchise relocated but OKC would lose in five games to the Miami Heat. On June 12, in game 1 of the Finals, Westbrook recorded 27 points and 11 assists in a 105-94 victory. He joined Michael Jordan as the only players with 25+ points and 10+ assists in their NBA Finals debut. In a game 4 loss, Westbrook scored a playoff career high 43 points.
Westbrook was once again selected for the NBA All-Star Game. He finished the 2012–13 season averaging 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Westbrook helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs and the #1 seed in the Western Conference. They would go on to face the 8th seed Houston Rockets in the first round.
On April 25, 2013, in the second game of the series, Westbrook injured his right knee when Rockets guard Patrick Beverley collided with him in an attempt to steal the ball. Although Westbrook was clearly bothered by the injury, he would continue playing and finished the game with 29 points. It was then revealed the next day that he had suffered a slight tear in his right meniscus. He had surgery on April 27, 2013, and was declared out for the rest of the playoffs. Without Westbrook, the Thunder defeated the Rockets in 6 games but fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in 5 games in the next round. Westbrook was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third consecutive year.
Prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, Westbrook had a second surgery on his right knee, which set back his return to basketball. Despite reports that he would miss the first two weeks of the regular season, Westbrook would miss only the first two games. On December 25, 2013, Westbrook recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists as Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 123-94. This was just the eighth triple-double on Christmas Day in NBA history. The win was also the largest margin of victory in a Christmas Day game in NBA history.
On the day after his Christmas-day game, it was announced that Westbrook would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and would be out until after the All-Star break. During this time, The Thunder were able to remain competitive despite his absence due mainly to Kevin Durant's stellar play. Westbrook returned to the lineup on February 20, 2014. He played the rest of the season on limited minutes and sat out the second night of back-to-backs.
On March 4, 2014, Westbrook recorded his second triple-double of the season. He recorded 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, in just 20 minutes in a 125–92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. This was the second fastest recorded triple-double in NBA history.
Westbrook and the Thunder finished with a 59-23 record earning the #2 seed in the Western Conference. They advanced to the Western Conference Finals where they faced the San Antonio Spurs. On May 27, 2014, in a game 4 victory, Westbrook recorded 40 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. In doing so, he joined Michael Jordan as the only other player to post those numbers in a playoff game. The Thunder lost the series to the eventual NBA-champion Spurs in six games. Westbrook averaged 26.7 points, 8.1 assists, and 7.3 rebounds in the postseason, and became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1964 to average at least 26 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the playoffs.
After scoring 38 points in the 89-106 season-opening loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand the following game against the Los Angeles Clippers and subsequently missed 14 games with the injury. He joined Kevin Durant on the sidelines after Durant fractured his right foot during preseason and was ruled out for 6–8 weeks. With the pair both inactive for the start of the season, the Thunder dropped to a 4-12 record prior to Westbrook's return on November 28 against the New York Knicks. In Westbrook's first game back, he led the Thunder to a win over the Knicks with a 32-point, 7-rebound, and 8-assist performance. Durant returned the following game to face the New Orleans Pelicans in Westbrook and Durant's first game played together on the season. They went on to lead the Thunder on a seven-game winning streak to bring the Thunder back into playoff contention. On December 23, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Westbrook scored a season-high 40 points, along with 10 rebounds and 6 assists, in the 111-115 overtime loss. On January 16, 2015, Westbrook recorded his ninth career triple-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and a career-high 17 assists in the 127-115 win over the Golden State Warriors, becoming just the fifth person in NBA history to record a stat line of 15-15-15 in a game.
After tying a career-high 45 points on February 4, 2015 in a 102–91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Westbrook broke that mark to score a new career-high of 48 points two days later, this time in a 113–116 loss to the Pelicans. After being injured the previous year, Westbrook returned to the All-Star game in 2015. He tallied 41 points, and was named the All-Star MVP. He scored 27 points in 11 minutes in the first half, setting an All-Star record for points in a half. He finished one point shy of the All-Star game record set by Wilt Chamberlain (42) in 1962.
On February 22, Westbrook recorded 21 points and tied a career-high 17 assists in the 119-94 win over the Denver Nuggets. Two days later, he recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the 105-92 win over the Indiana Pacers. In doing so he claimed his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career despite resting for the entire fourth quarter. On February 26, Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double (14 rebounds and 11 assists) but missed what would have been the game-tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Thunder 117-113 to snap the Thunder's seven-game winning streak.
In 2010, he was on the FIBA World Championship team in Istanbul, Turkey where Team USA won gold for the first time since 1994. Westbrook later played for the 2012 Summer Olympic team in London, where he also won a gold medal.
Westbrook is a point guard and has established himself as an elite athlete who attacks the basket relentlessly with an incredible ability to finish at the rim. With his opponents' knowledge of Westbrook's will to attack the rim, he will frequently pull up for the medium range jump shot. Westbrook creates good scoring opportunities for his teammates resulting in him averaging 6.9 assists per game throughout his first five seasons. He is also one of the best rebounding guards in the league, averaging 4.8 rebounds throughout his first five seasons. Add to that, his willingness to defend the opposing team's best guard, Westbrook is widely recognized as one of the best all-around guards in the NBA. A weakness cited in Westbrook's game is his three-point shooting. He has averaged 30.2% on three-point field goal attempts for his first five seasons.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|1||March 2, 2009||vs. Dallas Mavericks||W 96–87||17||10||10||2||1 block|
|2||February 21, 2010||at Minnesota Timberwolves||W 109–107||22||10||14||2|
|3||December 31, 2010||vs. Atlanta Hawks||W 103–94||23||10||10||2|
|4||January 13, 2011||vs. Orlando Magic||W 125–124||32||10||13||1||2 blocks|
|5||January 28, 2011||vs. Washington Wizards||W 124–117||35||13||13||1||2 blocks|
|6 (PO)||May 15, 2011||vs. Memphis Grizzlies||W 105–90||14||10||14||0||Second round, Game 7|
|7||March 30, 2013||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||W 109-99||23||13||10||3||1 block|
|8||December 25, 2013||vs. New York Knicks||W 123-94||14||13||10||1||5th player in NBA history with a triple double on Christmas|
|9||March 4, 2014||vs. Philadelphia 76ers||W 125-92||13||10||14||3||2nd fastest triple double in NBA history (21 min)|
|10(PO)||April 29, 2014||vs. Memphis Grizzlies||L 99-100||30||10||13||1||1 block|
|11(PO)||May 3, 2014||vs. Memphis Grizzlies||W 120-109||27||10||16||2||First round, Game 7|
|12(PO)||May 7, 2014||vs. Los Angeles Clippers||W 112-101||31||10||10||3|
Awards and honors
- NBA All-Star Game MVP (2015)
- 3× All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013)
- 4× NBA All-Star (2011–2013, 2015)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
- 2008 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
- 2008 All-Pac-10 Third Team
- 2008 CollegeInsider.com All-Defensive Team
- First-team All-CIF Division I
- Third-team All-State
- 2x Most Valuable Player of the Bay League
In October 2012, Westbrook signed with the Jordan Brand. His first commercial was with the Jordan Brand and Champs in which a high school athlete purchased Jordan gear from Champs and transformed into Westbrook and won a state championship.
In November 2013, Westbrook signed with Kings and Jaxs Boxer Briefs. He stated that, "I have always loved fashion so working with Kings & Jaxs was a natural fit as we both have a fearless and creative approach to style."
Westbrook has also appeared in numerous commercials for Subway.
Westbrook is a Christian.
He has one younger brother, Raynard.
He is known for his outlandish style off the court and has even been called a "fashion icon".
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