Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Basketball Player

Russell Westbrook III is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. A member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, he is a nine-time NBA All-Star and earned the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 2016–17 season.

Full Name
Russell Westbrook III
Nov 12, 1988
6′ 3″
Net Worth


Russell Westbrook was born on November 12, 1988 in Long Beach, California. He has an older brother named Raynard, and his parents are Russell Sr. and Shannon Westbrook. He attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California where he was a three-time All-Conference selection in basketball and also ran track. After high school, he attended UCLA, where he was a consensus All-American selection for two years before being drafted 4th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2008 NBA Draft. 

Westbrook had an immediate impact with the Thunder and quickly became one of the top point guards in the league. In 2009-10, his first full season as a starter, he led the team to 50 wins and won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award. The following season he made his first All-Star Game appearance and helped lead the Thunder to their first ever Finals appearance. Over his career with OKC, Westbrook earned eight All-Star selections, two scoring titles (2011–12 & 2016–17), and an MVP award (2017). 

In 2017 Westbrook made history by becoming only the second player in NBA history to average a triple double over an entire season (Oscar Robertson was the other). During that same season he broke Robertson's single season record of 42 triple doubles while leading OKC back to the playoffs. After 11 seasons with OKC, Westbrook was traded to Houston during the 2019 offseason where he currently plays alongside James Harden.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1988</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Russell Westbrook is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On November 12, 1988, Russell Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2006</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Graduates High School and Commits to UCLA</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Westbrook graduates from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California, and commits to play college basketball at UCLA.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2008</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Selected 4th Overall in NBA Draft</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Westbrook is selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The Sonics relocate to Oklahoma City and become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook is part of the move and plays his first season with the team.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins MVP Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Westbrook wins the 2017 NBA MVP award after averaging a triple-double for the season.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs 4 Year Extension with Rockets</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Westbrook signs a four year contract extension with the Houston Rockets worth $133 million.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2021</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Named NBA All Star Game MVP</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Westbrook is named the 2021 NBA All Star Game MVP after leading Team LeBron to victory.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Player</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Russell Westbrook is an amazing basketball player. He is an explosive athlete who can take over games and make highlight plays. He is one of the most athletic players in the NBA, and he always puts on a show when he plays.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Russell Westbrook is an inspiration to many people. His passion for the game and relentless energy are inspiring. He has overcome adversity throughout his career and is still performing at a high level despite all that he has gone through.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's Fearless</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Russell Westbrook is not afraid to take risks on the court. He plays with a lot of heart and never backs down from a challenge. This makes him one of the most exciting players to watch because you never know what kind of shot or pass he will make next.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Player to Average a Triple-Double in a Season</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in a single season when he accomplished the feat during the 2016-2017 season.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Has the Most Career Triple Doubles</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">As of April 2021, Russell Westbrook has recorded 182 career triple doubles, more than any other player in NBA history.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> NBA's MVP in 2017</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2017, Russell Westbrook was named the NBA's MVP after leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs with an averaged of 31.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds per game.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> First Player in NBA to Wear Jordans</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Russell Westbrook was the first NBA player to wear Jordan brand shoes on court. He made his debut wearing a pair of Air Jordan XXXIs during the 2016 All-Star Game.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Served as a High School Basketball Coach</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming a professional basketball player, Russell Westbrook served as an assistant high school basketball coach at Leuzinger High School from 2004 to 2006.</p></div>


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