Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook.jpg
Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder in March 2011
No. 0 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born(1988-11-12) November 12, 1988 (age 26)
Long Beach, California
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolLeuzinger (Lawndale, California)
CollegeUCLA (20062008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career2008–present
Career history
2008–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook.jpg
Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder in March 2011
No. 0 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born(1988-11-12) November 12, 1988 (age 26)
Long Beach, California
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolLeuzinger (Lawndale, California)
CollegeUCLA (20062008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career2008–present
Career history
2008–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

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 UCLA 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 three-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA Second Team member. He has also represented the United States on their national team twice, winning gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics.

Early years

Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Sr. and Shannon Horton. Growing up in Hawthorne,[1][2][3] 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.[4][5]

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,[5] 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.[6][7]

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.

College career

Westbrook playing defense on USC's OJ Mayo

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.[8]


NBA career

Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–present)

2008–09 season

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.[9]

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.[10]

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).[11] He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team.

2009–10 season

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.

2010–11 season

On November 26, 2010, Westbrook scored a then-career-high 43 points against the Indiana Pacers.[12] 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 was selected by the NBA head coaches to be a Western Conference reserve for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.[13] This was his first all-star appearance.

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.

2011–12 season

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 2012 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.[14]

2012–13 season

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.[15] 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.[16] He had surgery on April 27, 2013, and was declared out for the rest of the playoffs.[17] 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.

2013–14 season

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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.

2014–15 season

After starring in the season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers in which he scored 38 points in the 89-106 loss, 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.[22] 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. Despite having been out for just under a month, Westbrook dominated in his first game back, single-handedly leading the Thunder over the Knicks with a 32-point, 7-rebound and 8-assist effort to win 105-78. More good news for the Thunder came the following game as Durant returned to face New Orleans. With the duo back to full health, they went on to lead the Thunder on a seven-game winning streak to bring the Thunder back into playoff contention.[23]

With Durant out for a further three games in late December with an ankle injury, Westbrook was forced to take over again. On December 23 against Portland, he scored a season-high 40 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists, but missed a potential game-winner at the regulation buzzer before fouling out with 1:39 left in overtime. The Thunder went on to lose 111-115 with Westbrook out as Portland's Damian Lillard finished the game strong to finish with 40 points as well.[24]

International career

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.

Player profile

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.[25] With his opponents' knowledge of Westbrook's will to attack the rim, he will frequently pull up for the medium range jump shot.[26][27] Westbrook creates good scoring opportunities for his teammates[28] 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 minor 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.[29]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames 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

Regular season

2008–09Oklahoma City826532.5.398.271.8154.
2009–10Oklahoma City828234.3.418.221.7804.
2010–11Oklahoma City828234.7.442.330.8424.
2011–12Oklahoma City666635.3.457.316.8234.
2012–13Oklahoma City828234.9.438.323.8005.
2013–14Oklahoma City464630.7.437.318.8265.


2010Oklahoma City6635.3.473.417.8426.
2011Oklahoma City171737.5.394.292.8525.
2012Oklahoma City202038.4.435.277.8025.
2013Oklahoma City2234.0.415.222.8576.
2014Oklahoma City191938.7.420.280.8847.


NumberDateOpponentBox ScorePointsReboundsAssistsStealsNotes
1March 2, 2009vs. Dallas MavericksW 96–8717101021 block
2February 21, 2010at Minnesota TimberwolvesW 109–1072210142
3December 31, 2010vs. Atlanta HawksW 103–942310102
4January 13, 2011vs. Orlando MagicW 125–12432101312 blocks
5January 28, 2011vs. Washington WizardsW 124–11735131312 blocks
6 (PO)May 15, 2011vs. Memphis GrizzliesW 105–901410140Second round, Game 7
7March 30, 2013vs. Milwaukee BucksW 109-9923131031 block
8December 25, 2013vs. New York KnicksW 123-9414131015th player in NBA history with a triple double on Christmas
9March 4, 2014vs. Philadelphia 76ersW 125-9213101432nd fastest triple double in NBA history (21 min)
10(PO)April 29, 2014vs. Memphis GrizzliesL 99-10030101311 block
11(PO)May 3, 2014vs. Memphis GrizzliesW 120-1092710162First round, Game 7
12(PO)May 7, 2014vs. Los Angeles ClippersW 112-1013110103

Awards and honors



High school


In October 2012, Westbrook signed with the Jordan Brand.[32] 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.[33]

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."[34]

Westbrook has also appeared in numerous commercials for Subway.


Westbrook is a Christian.[35]

He has one younger brother, Raynard.[36]

Westbrook wears a "KB3" wristband and has "KB3" on his sneakers in honor of his childhood friend Khelcey Barrs. [37][5]

He is known for his outlandish style off the court and has even been called a "fashion icon".[38]

See also


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  2. ^ Tramel, Berry (March 14, 2013). "Russell Westbrook needs to take over". The Oklahoman. Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Guardabascio, Mike (July 23, 2012). "Russell Westbrook’s Story Is Quintessential Long Beach". Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leuzinger Hoops Star Collapses, Dies". Long Beach Press-Telegram. May 13, 2004. 
  5. ^ a b c Markazi, Arash (April 30, 2010). "Westbrook: The honor guard: The young, dashing Oklahoma City point man plays in memory of a fallen friend". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Boys' basketball: Leuzinger is school of late bloomers". July 23, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  7. ^ "Russell Westbrook". Facebook. November 12, 1988. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  8. ^ "Russell Westbrook Draft 2008 Profile". November 12, 1988. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  9. ^ "Westbrook, White sign rookie deals with SuperSonics". ESPN. July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  10. ^ "ESPN – Notes, Stats and Trends from Research March 3, 2009". March 3, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  11. ^ Bulls' Rose takes home Rookie of Year Award,, April 22, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  12. ^ "Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers Box Score, November 26, 2010". November 26, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  13. ^ "Russell Westbrook selected to Western Conference All-Star team | Daily". Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ ESPN (2012). Heat overcome Russell Westbrook's 43 points, take 3-1 Finals lead. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  15. ^ "Russell Westbrook Career Stats". Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Thunder's Russell Westbrook out of playoff run indefinitely with knee injury, needs surgery". FOX News. April 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ Westbrook has knee surgery, will miss rest of season
  18. ^ Golliver, Ben (October 1, 2013). "Thunder’s Russell Westbrook out first 4-6 weeks of season after second knee surgery". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Russell Westbrook's triple-double catapults Thunder". ESPN. December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Westbrook out through All-Star break". ESPN. December 27, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ Notebook: Thunder 125, Sixers 92
  22. ^ Russell Westbrook fractures hand
  23. ^ Russell Westbrook 2014-15 Game Log
  24. ^ Lillard's 3 forces OT, has 40 in win over Thunder
  25. ^ Mason, Beckley (November 30, 2011). "Russell Westbrook’s next step: the Tony Parker cut «". Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  26. ^ Tucker, Josh (January 11, 2012). "Russell Westbrook: Transition Jump Shots Key to Scoring Success". Welcome to Loud City. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  27. ^ Prada, Mike (April 6, 2012). "Fun With Synergy: Russell Westbrook, Pull-Up Jumpers And Kevin Durant's Shot Distribution Wisdom". Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  28. ^ Kennedy, Andrew (January 29, 2012). "The Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook pick-and-roll « True Hoop Drew". Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  29. ^ "NBA". Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  30. ^ Pac-12 Conference 2011, p. 125.
  31. ^ "Pac-12 Conference 2011–12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. 2011. p. 121. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  32. ^ Russell Westbrook officially signs with the Jordan Brand
  33. ^ Watch Russell Westbrook Live the Dream in New Commercial
  34. ^ Russell Westbook Is Now A Kings & Jaxs Underwear Model
  35. ^ "Russell Westbrook". 
  36. ^ "Raynard Westbrook". 
  37. ^ "Khelcey Barrs". 
  38. ^ "Russell Westbrook: Fashion Icon". CNN. 

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