Russell Westbrook III is a pro-American basketball player who has been playing for Los Angeles Lakers since 2021 and is currently playing his 14th NBA season. He has been one the most dominating guards in the league he was picked 4th in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Seattle Supersonics and later changed to Oklahoma City Thunder, he played here for 11 straight seasons, and the way he attacks the basketball makes him one the most passionate and hardworking individuals in the league and how he has transitioned himself in his current role is just amazing to watch, he is well known in the league as, “ Brodie” or “Mr. Triple Double.”
Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Jr. and Shannon Horton. He has a younger brother named Raynard. Growing up in Hawthorne, Westbrook and his best friend Khelcey Barrs III had hopes of going to UCLA and playing together. At age 16, Barrs was already known to have excellent basketball skills and received college scholarship offers. In May 2004, Barrs died from an enlarged heart during a pick-up game. After Barrs' death, Westbrook seemed even more determined to excel in honor of his best friend's memory
Russell Westbrook was chosen by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 4th overall pick in the 2008 draft. In college he was initially used as a primary defender and an energy guy over the bench. He improved drastically and made a huge difference to the teams he would play for in the future.
Over the following few seasons, Russell improved as a shooter and defender to rank among the best in the league. He was first named to both an All-NBA Team and an NBA All-Star Team during the 2016–2017 NBA season. Where he would win MVP and he would be the second player in history to average a triple-double for the season. He and Kevin Durant established a strong backcourt chemistry that ultimately helped the Thunder reach their first final in 2012, where they lost to Lebron and D Wade. In the following seasons, he would have to take some time off due to a bad injury
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 continued 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 in April and was declared out for the rest of the playoffs.
But, after having a second surgery, his comeback was delayed but not inevitable, in the following seasons he would rise up by being a provider to his team on offense and be a rebounding machine on both ends. He played at Oklahoma for 11 straight seasons coming close to winning the finals, he is trying to change that ever since so after his stint at OKC, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2019 where he would form a backcourt duo with his old teammate James Harden, he was there for a season, he would then be traded to the Washington Wizards where he would play for another season and then get traded to the Lakers, where the New Big Three in town are making some noise.
Russell Westbrook Awards and Achievements
NBA All Star
9 times (2011–2013, 2015-2020)
OKC,ROCKETS AND WIZARDS
All NBA Third Team
OKC AND WIZARDS
NBA Scoring Champion
NBA Assists leader
OKC AND LAKERS
NBA All Star MVP
Russell Westbrook Records
Russell Westbrook is one of the greatest ball handlers in NBA history. In 2017, the year he won the league MVP award, Westbrook became one of two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, along with Oscar Robertson in 1962. He also set a record for the most triple-doubles in a season, with 42. He went on to average a triple-double the following two seasons as well as lead the league in assists and become the first player to lead the league in points and assists in multiple seasons. In 2020–21, Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the fourth time in five seasons and he passed Robertson for the most career triple-doubles in NBA history
Along with this, he holds several records that include.
Russell is the only player in the NBA to win the scoring title, MVP and Average a Triple- Double in a season.
Only player in NBA history to win back-to-back All-Star MVP game awards.
Westbrook is the first player in NBA history to average 40 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists over a 5-game span.
He is the first player in NBA history to have at least 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists through his team's first three games of a season.
Westbrook kept piling up NBA records to have a triple-double without missing a free throw or field goal (3/22/2017 against Philadelphia 76ers).
First player in NBA history to record five consecutive 30-point triple-doubles in a season.
Mr. Triple Double is the one and only player in NBA history to have two streaks of seven consecutive triple-doubles in a single season.
Russell has yet another NBA record to score at least 50 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists three times in a single season.
Westbrook is one of the first players in NBA history to record at least 45 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists four times in a single season.
The NBA history book had to make a new record because Russell scored at least 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists eight times in a single season.
Russell Westbrook's Net Worth
As of 2022, Russell Westbrook's net worth, as estimated by his on- and off-court earnings, is $79.2 million. Russell Westbrook signed a five-year $206,794,070 contract in the 2018 offseason. It was the largest contract in the NBA at the time he signed it. He is the 4th highest earner in the association. During the 2020-2021 NBA Season, he earned $41,358,814. He will earn $44,211,146 during the 2021-2022 NBA Season. In 2017 he signed the biggest contract in the NBA.
Russell purchased a house in the same neighborhood as his teammate Lebron James. He purchased this mansion in the Los Angeles Westside for $33.5 million. He bought the home from Petra Ecclestone, the billionaire heiress and daughter of former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. The 13,500-square-foot home has eight bedrooms and 13 bathrooms and views of the Pacific Ocean. It has a pool, spa, sundeck, al fresco dining area, and a two-car garage. The three-story home also comes equipped with an elevator.
Nike, PepsiCo, Samsung electronics, True Religion Apparel, and Six Star Pro Nutrition, Henessy are the few brands Russell has endorsement deals with and he earns a whopping $35 million from all his endorsements.
Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Jr. and Shannon Horton. He has a younger brother named Raynard. Westbrook and his wife Nina Westbrook have three children: one son and twin daughters.
Westbrook wears a "KB3" wristband and has "KB3" on his sneakers in honor of his childhood friend Khelcey Barrs III. In 2012, he started the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, which promotes community-based education and family service programs while pushing youngsters to be self-confident.
Raynard Westbrook is the younger brother of NBA superstar point guard Russell Westbrook.
Upon his graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015, he was personally handed his diploma by his brother Russell. He documented the occasion with a photo posted to his Instagram account.
Raynard also got credit from Russell in his 2017 MVP speech, He even said, ¨A lot of you guys may not know, but my brother just got his masters two weeks ago. I’m so proud of him, not just for that but for the man he is today. He lifts me up every single day. My brother texts me every single game at halftime. Every game. Since I’ve been in the league he texts me every game at halftime.¨
Which is such an adorable brotherly moment between the brothers. He is also the Chief Content Officer at Russell Westbrook Enterprise.
Russell Westbrook MVP.
During 2016-2017, After the whole dilemma with Kevin Durant, where he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. Russell went and found a switch somewhere for this season. He was determined to prove to the world that he did not need anyone's help to be one of the greats to step foot in the NBA. In the second game of the season, he recorded his 38th Triple-double and made it the first since Kareem in 1975. Two days later, he recorded 33 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists in a 113–96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, joining Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Jerry Lucas as the only players in NBA history with two triple-doubles in the first three games of a season. On November 30, he recorded his fourth straight triple-double with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 126–115 overtime win over the Washington Wizards, becoming just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double heading into December (joining Robertson). He extended that streak to seven straight on December 9 with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 102–99 loss to the Houston Rockets—the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989.
Russell was on a tear since the beginning of the season he was determined to make sure that he was the only one in contention for the MVP. Putting up unreal numbers he went into the All-Star Break with 67 Career Triple-double.