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Russell Westbrook


ABOUT
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Full NameRussell Westbrook III

BornNovember 12, 1988

Height6 ft 3 in

NationalityAmerican

RolePoint Guard

ABOUT

Russell Westbrook III is an American professional basketball player who plays for the LA Lakers as a point guard. The 6’3 guard is a very athletic player who slashes to the rim with ease. His intensity and competitive fire have been an important part of his game throughout his career. He is one of the most well-rounded players in the league which has helped him rack up the most triple-doubles in league history. This season he was traded to the Lakers, teaming up with AD and LeBron as he looks to win his first championship.



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Early Life


Russell Westbrook was born on November 12, 1990 in Long Beach, California. He attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California where he would play his high school basketball. He was merely the athlete and powerhouse he is today entering high school. He stood at 5’7 and weighed 140 pounds. By the end of his junior year he had grown to 6’3. During his senior year he averaged 25 points a game. He played his college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. In his two seasons, he gained a reputation of being a high energy player. After his sophomore season, he declared for the 2008 NBA Draft.


NBA Journey


The Seattle Supersonics (relocated to Oklahoma and rebranded as the Oklahoma City Thunder a week later) selected Russell Westbrook with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He had a great start to his NBA career and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Team. In the 2009 NBA Draft, the OKC Thunder drafted James Harden.


Alongside a young Kevin Durant and James Harden, Russ and the Thunder started to make some noise in the NBA. Russ made his first of nine all-star and All-NBA teams in 2011. During the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder would pop off and the young team made it to the Finals.


For the next few years, Russ and KD had blistering performances as a duo and became one of the league’s most exciting teams. Russell’s energy and intensity complemented KD’s silky smooth scoring. They reached the 2016 Western Conference Finals but blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors. The following offseason would be a defining one for Russ’ career. KD left in free agency to sign with the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. For the first time in his career, Russ was the number one option on his team. He carried this team on his back. The 2016-2017 NBA Season was the best of his career. He was the first person to average a triple-double through the season since Oscar Robertson.


His statline for the 2016-2017 NBA Regular Season was 31.6-10.7-10.4. This historic season earned him the scoring title and also the MVP. In the 2017 off season, the OKC Thunder traded for Paul George. Russ and PG were the new duo in Oklahoma. They weren’t able to make it past the first round and OKC decided to trade the duo to different teams and start their rebuild.


Russ was traded to the Houston Rockets where he teamed up with James Harden. He was playing really well and Houston looked like they could genuinely win the title. An injury to his quad disrupted his momentum and they lost to the Lakers in the second round.


During the 2020 Offseason, he was traded to the Washington Wizards. He averaged a triple double for the fourth time in five seasons but they lost in the first round.

In a blockbuster trade during the 2021 offseason, Russ was sent to Hollywood to team up with Bron and AD to form LA’s new big three. Russ will look to win his first championship with the Lakers.


With the USA Basketball Men’s Team, he won a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Cup and another gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.


NBA Awards and Accolades


AwardSeasonTeam
NBA MVP2017Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA All-Star9 times (2011-2013, 2015-2020)Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets
NBA All-Star Game MVP2 times (2015, 2016)Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets
All-NBA First Team2 times (2016, 2017)Oklahoma City Thunder
All-NBA Second Team5 times (2011-2013, 2015, 2018)Oklahoma City Thunder
All-NBA Third Team2 times (2019, 2020)Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets
NBA Scoring Title2 times (2015, 2017)Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA Assists Leader3 times (2018, 2019, 2021)Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards
NBA All-Rookie First Team2009Oklahoma City Thunder


Net Worth


Over his 13 year career, he has managed to amass a net worth of $170 million. His current NBA Contract will pay him $44,211,146 through the 2021-2022 NBA Season. Jordan, PepsiCo, Samsung electronics, and True Religion Apparel are the brands he endorses. He earns around $26 million from his endorsement deals.


Family


Russ was born in Long Beach, California to Russell Westbrook Jr. and Shannon Horton. He has a younger brother named Raynard. He is married to Nina Earl Westbrook with whom he has three children.



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