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Russell Westbrook Wikipedia





Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook.jpg
Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder in March 2011
No. 0 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1988-11-12) November 12, 1988 (age 25)


Long Beach, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolLeuzinger (Lawndale, California)
CollegeUCLA (2006–2008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2011–2013)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
  • Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • All-Pac-10 Third Team (2008)
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 high school basketball for Leuzinger High School before playing two seasons of college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, who then relocated to Oklahoma City six days after the draft. In his first season, Westbrook was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The point guard is a three-time All-Star, and a three-time member of the All-NBA Second Team. He has also represented the United States on their national team twice, winning gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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        Early years

        Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Sr. and Shannon Horton. He has one younger brother, Raynard, and has said that he admires former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson. Growing up in Hawthorne, Westbrook was a childhood friend of Khelcey Barrs, a talented young small forward who had been attracting interest from major college basketball schools as a 6-foot-6, 200 pound high school sophomore. However, Barrs collapsed and 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.

        He led the team to a 25–4 overall record and to a CIF-SS Div. I-AA quarterfinal playoff appearance during his senior year. On the season, he averaged 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists. He collected 14 double-doubles, scored 30 or more points on eight occasions and registered a career-best 51 points at Carson on January 6, 2006. He did not attract too 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 and Kevin Love at UCLA, playing against 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.
        CollegeYearGPGSSPGBPGRPGAPGPPGFG%FT%3P%
        UCLA2006–073610.40.020.80.73.4.457%.548%.409%
        UCLA2007–0839341.60.23.94.312.7.465%.713%.338%

        NBA career

        Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–present)

        2008–09 season



        Westbrook vs. Celtics
        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 eventual Rookie of the Year 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.

        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, and 4.9 rebounds on the season. 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 rebounds, 6 assists and 3.2 steals.

        2010–11 season



        Westbrook being treated by trainers
        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 was seleced by the NBA head coaches to be a Western Conference reserve for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. This was his first all-star appearance.

        Westbrook finished the season improving in just about every statistical category, averaging 21.9 points, 8.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team for his strong year. The Thunder finished the season at 55–27 and lost to the eventual world champion Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Throughout the playoffs, Westbrook averaged 23.8 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds.

        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 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 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. In game 4 of the Finals, in a loss to Miami, Westbrook scored a playoff career high 43 points.

        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, and 5.2 rebounds 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. However, it was 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. He made the All-NBA Second Team for the third consecutive year.

        2013–14 season

        Before 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 2 weeks of the regular season, Westbrook would miss only the first two games. On December 25, Westbrook recorded the eighth triple-double on Christmas Day in NBA history. He registered 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Thunder beat the New York Knicks 123-94. The win was also the largest margin of victory in a Christmas Day game in NBA history.

        On the day after his monster game, it was announced that Westbrook would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and would be out until after the All-Star break. The Thunder were able to remain quite 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, along with 3 steals, in a 125–92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in just 20 minutes. 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 all the way to the Conference Finals where they faced the San Antonio Spurs. On May 27th, 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 would go on to lose the series in six games. Westbrook averaged 26.7 points, 8.1 assists, and 7.3 rebounds for the playoffs and became the first person to average at least 26 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the playoffs since Oscar Robertson in 1964.

        International career




        Westbrook is defended by Derrick Rose in a Team USA scrimmage
        In 2010, he took part in the FIBA World Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey where team USA won gold for the first time since 1994. Westbrook later played at the 2012 Summer Olympics 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 constantly attacks the basket. When attacking the basket, Westbrook is also known for being able to pull up for the medium range jump shot or pass it out to an open teammate. Westbrook is capable of initiating the pick and roll, averaging 6.9 assists per game throughout his first five seasons. At 6 feet 3 inches, Westbrook is an above average rebounder, averaging 4.8 rebounds throughout his first five seasons. Westbrook is constantly able to get to the free throw line, contributing to the average of 19.9 points per game throughout his first five seasons. A minor weakness cited in Westbrook's ability is his three-point percentage; he has averaged .302 on three-point field goal percentage for his first five seasons.

        NBA career statistics

        Legend
          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


        Correct as of December 31, 2013

        Regular season

        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2008–09Oklahoma City826532.5.398.271.8154.95.31.3.215.3
        2009–10Oklahoma City828234.3.418.221.7804.98.01.3.416.1
        2010–11Oklahoma City828234.7.442.330.8424.68.21.9.421.9
        2011–12Oklahoma City666635.3.457.316.8234.65.51.7.323.6
        2012–13Oklahoma City828234.9.438.323.8005.27.41.8.323.2
        2013–14Oklahoma City373730.7.432.347.8115.77.01.9.121.2
        Career39437734.3.432.302.8144.96.91.6.320.0
        All-Star3020.0.548.125.0004.72.31.0.015.7

        Playoffs

        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2010Oklahoma City6635.3.473.417.8426.06.01.7.220.5
        2011Oklahoma City171737.5.394.292.8525.46.41.4.423.8
        2012Oklahoma City202038.4.435.277.8025.55.81.6.423.1
        2013Oklahoma City2234.0.415.222.8576.57.03.0.024.0
        2014Oklahoma City191938.7.420.280.8847.38.12.2.326.7
        Career646437.8.421.286.8516.06.71.8.324.1

        Triple-doubles

        NumberDateOpponentBox ScorePointsReboundsAssistsStealsNotes
        102009-03-02-0000March 2, 2009vs. Dallas MavericksW 96–8717101021 block
        202010-02-21-0000February 21, 2010at Minnesota TimberwolvesW 109–1072210142
        302010-12-31-0000December 31, 2010vs. Atlanta HawksW 103–942310102
        402011-01-13-0000January 13, 2011vs. Orlando MagicW 125–12432101312 blocks
        502011-01-28-0000January 28, 2011vs. Washington WizardsW 124–11735131312 blocks
        6 (PO)02011-05-15-0000May 15, 2011vs. Memphis GrizzliesW 105–901410140Second round, Game 7
        702013-03-30-0000March 30, 2013vs. Milwaukee BucksW 109-9923131031 block
        802013-12-25-0000December 25, 2013vs. New York KnicksW 123-9414131015th player in NBA history with a triple double on Christmas
        902014-03-04-0000March 4, 2014vs. Philadelphia 76ersW 125-9213101432nd fastest triple double in NBA history (21 min)
        10(PO)02014-04-29-0000April 29, 2014vs. Memphis GrizzliesL 99-10030101311 block
        11(PO)02014-05-03-0000May 3, 2014vs. Memphis GrizzliesW 120-1092710162First round, Game 7
        12(PO)02014-05-07-0000May 7, 2014vs. Los Angeles ClippersW 112-1013110103

        Awards and honors

        NBA

        • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013)
        • 3× NBA All-Star (2011–2013)
        • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)

        College

        • 2008 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
        • 2008 All-Pac-10 Third Team
        • 2008 CollegeInsider.com All-Defensive Team

        High school

        • First-team All-CIF Division I
        • Third-team All-State
        • 2x Most Valuable Player of the Bay League

        Personal

        Westbrook is a Christian.

        He has one younger brother, Raynard.

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

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

        Endorsements

        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.

        Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Westbrook )
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