Russel Westbrook is an American professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is an NBA Most Valuable Player and an Olympic medalist. Westbrook stands 6’3” tall and is recognized as one of the most athletic players in the league.
Westbrook was born in Longbeach, California, but he grew up in Hawthorne. While studying in Leuzinger High School, he only became a member of the varsity during his junior year. He was later recruited by the University of California – Los Angeles where he was instrumental in bringing UCLA to the Final Four twice.
In the 2008 NBA draft, he was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics which then became the Oklahoma City Thunder after a couple of days. Westbrook celebrated a career milestone in 2009 as he had his first triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
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|Team||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Height / weight||1.91 m / 91 kg|
|Born||Nov 12, 1988|
|Los Angeles Lakers||2021 - present|
|Washington Wizards||2020 - 2021|
|Houston Rockets||2019 - 2020|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||2008 - 2019|
He became a starter during his second year with the team. Westbrook helped the team more than double their victories and even make the playoffs. He also improved his regular season performance with an average of 20.5 points per game.
Recording a career-high score of 43 points on November 2010 in a game against the Indiana Pacers, Westbrook continued to reach new milestones. He was also chosen to appear in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game as reserve. While the team had a good run in the season, they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
In a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 2012, Westbrook scored another career high with 45 points. For the first time since the franchise was relocated to Oklahoma City, the Thunder reached the NBA Finals but lost to Miami Heat. Westbrook became the only player, along with Michael Jordan, to record more than 25 points and more than 10 assists in an NBA Finals debut.
He was instrumental in helping the Thunder become the number 1 seed in the Western Conference and in reaching the playoffs in the 2012-2013 Season. However, he was unable to play as he was recovering for a surgery that repaired an injury to his right meniscus. He had another surgery on his knee at the beginning of the 2013-2014 Season.
For the rest of the season, Westbrook only played limited minutes. However, he was still able to record his second triple-double on March 2014. The Thunder was able to make it to the Western Conference Finals as the second seed. While the Thunder lost the series to the Spurs, Westbrook became the only other player aside from Michael Jordan to record 40 points, 10 assists, 5 steals, and 5 rebounds during a playoff game.
During the start of the 2014-2015 Season, Westbrook suffered another fracture to his right hand. While the team suffered losses initially, Westbrook and Durant returned to help the Thunder back into contention. He also recorded the ninth triple-double of his career and became the 5th player in the league’s history to have a statistics line of 15-15-15 in a single game.
In 2015 to 2016, he had several career milestones such as recording his 18th triple double in the season, tying for the most triple-doubles in a single season with Magic Johnson. In 2016, he was selected to start in his first All-Star Game. While the Thunder was able to reach the Western Conference Finals, they lost to the Golden State Warriors.
For the 2016 to 2017 Season, Westbrook extended his contract with the Thunder. He also recorded his historic 42nd triple double, moving into the 4th place for most triple-doubles in the league’s history. The Thunder also got to the playoffs but lost to the Houston Rockets. He received the NBA MVP award.
Westbrook received the biggest guaranteed contract in the history of NBA in the 2017 to2018 Season. He continued his exceptional performance throughout the season and was able to record his 100th triple-double, the fourth in NBA history, on March 13, 2018.
Career Accomplishments:• Gold medalist, 2012 London Olympic Games• Gold medalist, 2010 Turkey World Cup• NBA Most Valuable Player (2017)• 7-time NBA All-Star (2011–2013, 2015–2018)• 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2015, 2016)• 2-time All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)• 5-time All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013, 2015, 2018)• 2-time NBA scoring champion (2015, 2017)• NBA assists leader (2018)• NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)• Third-team All-Pac-10 (2008)• Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2008)