Russell Westbrook
American basketball player
Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The point guard is a three-time All-Star, and a two-time member of the All-NBA Second Team. Westbrook played high school basketball for Leuzinger High School before playing two seasons of college basketball for the UCLA Bruins.
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Inside the awkward reunion of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 5 days
Yahoo Sports Inside the awkward reunion of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Yahoo Sports NEW ORLEANS – Midway through the first quarter, and the only real drama of the NBA's 66th All-Star Game unfolded. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Together again. Was there anything else to get excited about? Anthony Davis scored a lot, Kawhi ... Shaq explains why Russell Westbrook is so upset with Kevin All-Star game ratings are best since 2013USA TODAY Russell Westbrook Laughs Off Reporter's Question About Lob from Kevin DurantBleacher Report -New York Post -Sporting News -The Detroit News all 426 news articles »
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Steve Kerr keeping 'Warriors + 1' All-Star choice close to vest
ABC News - 8 days
NEW ORLEANS -- Golden State?coach Steve Kerr isn't ready to reveal whether he plans to play Oklahoma City Thunder point guard? Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant and the Warriors' other three representatives in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. "I've definitely considered it," Kerr, the Western Conference coach, told ESPN Radio on Thursday. "The only thing that you have to do as a coach in the All-Star Game is to parcel out the minutes. That's it. You don't draw up any plays. At least I don't; I didn't two years ago. "So we've got to figure out the minutes, and I have thought about it, and I'm not going to share it with you here today." Kerr, Durant and Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry all sat down Thursday with ESPN Radio for interviews that will air Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. "Everybody loves drama, man. It feels like we're in a big soap opera. A reality TV show," Durant said of the inevitable...
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Marv Albert On The Knicks, Brad Stevens And The State Of The NBA
Huffington Post - 11 days
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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook reportedly eat at same OKC restaurant after game
Fox News - 13 days
What gives?
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Westbrook's Thunder topple Cavs, Celtics and Mavs rally
Yahoo News - 16 days
The relentless Russell Westbrook produced his 26th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-109 triumph over the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Westbrook poured in 29 points with 11 assists and 12 rebounds. Victor Oladipo added 23 points and seven rebounds and center Steven Adams of New Zealand added 21 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, who improved to 31-23.
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NBA roundup: Russell Westbrook's 42 points and strong finish leads Thunder to win
LATimes - 20 days
Russell Westbrook scored 19 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Thunder to a 105-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday in Oklahoma City.  Westbrook also had eight assists and four rebounds in his eighth 40-point performance of the season. Victor Oladipo added 24 points...
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Westbrook triple-double fuels Thunder
Yahoo News - 22 days
Russell Westbrook, determined to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat, produced his 25th triple-double of the season to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-102 NBA victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Westbrook's 38 points included his team's final 15. After that debacle on their home floor, Westbrook said, it was imperative the Thunder seize the early initiative.
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The Misunderstood Genius of Russell Westbrook
NYTimes - 24 days
Following the departure of his superstar teammate, Russell Westbrook was left to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder all by himself. That’s when something special happened.
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Thunder's Enes Kanter has surgery to repair fractured forearm
ABC News - 28 days
Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter had surgery Friday to repair the fractured right forearm he suffered after punching a chair on the bench during Thursday's win over the  Dallas Mavericks, general manager Sam Presti said. The team said Kanter, who is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in just 21.6 minutes per game, will be re-evaluated in about four weeks. League sources told ESPN's Royce Young on Thursday that he could miss up to two months. Kanter, who had slapped the floor in frustration a few minutes earlier, walked to the bench during a second-quarter timeout and slammed his fist into the padded chair. But as he brought his arm down, the folding chair flipped up slightly and Kanter caught his right forearm on the metal edge. He quickly went back to the locker room for X-rays, which confirmed a fractured ulna. "It's tough, man, especially to do it the way he did it -- it's very unfortunate," Russell Westbrook...
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NBA roundup: Russell Westbrook gives the Thunder a lift
LATimes - 30 days
Russell Westbrook scored 45 points to help the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-hand-ed Dallas Mavericks, 109-98, on Thursday night. Harrison Barnes scored 31 points for the Mavericks, who were without four of their top five scorers, including Wesley Matthews (hip strain). Dallas cut an...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Westbrook
  • 2016
    Age 27
    On August 4, 2016, Westbrook signed a three-year, $85.7 million contract extension with the Thunder.
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    In June 2016, Westbrook withdrew his name from consideration for USA Basketball's 2016 Rio Olympics team.
    More Details Hide Details Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall (1.91 m) and weighing 200 pounds (91 kg), Westbrook is a point guard who has established himself as one of the most athletic players in NBA history. He is also widely known for playing at a high level of intensity and for being able to keep that intensity for the majority of his playing time. Westbrook will often look to push the pace of the game for transition points and attack the basket. Though attacking the rim is his forte, he will frequently pull up for medium range jump shots. Westbrook regularly creates good scoring opportunities for his teammates, resulting in him averaging over seven assists per game for his career. Westbrook is widely recognized as one of the best all-around players in the NBA, having recorded 42 triple-doubles over his career (37 regular season, 5 playoff). His 37 regular season triple-doubles is seventh-most all-time and his five playoff triple-doubles is eighth-most all-time. A weakness cited in Westbrook's game is his three-point shooting. He averages 30% on three-point field goal attempts for his career.
    Westbrook was voted to start in his first All-Star Game in 2016, and he earned his second MVP award after a 196–173 win by the West.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals in 22 minutes, and became the first player in All-Star history to win consecutive MVPs outright. Bob Pettit is the other player to have won two back-to-back awards, winning in 1958 and sharing it with Elgin Baylor in 1959. On March 9, he recorded his 11th triple-double of the season with 25 points, a career-high 20 assists and 11 rebounds in a 120–108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The stat line marked the NBA's first triple-double with at least 25 points, 20 assists and 10 rebounds since Magic Johnson did it for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988, and the first with at least 20 points and 20 assists since Rod Strickland did it for the Washington Wizards in 1998. On March 22, he recorded his 15th triple-double of the season and 34th of his career with 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a 111–107 win over the Houston Rockets, setting the most triple-doubles by a player in a season since 1988–89, when Magic Johnson had 17 and Michael Jordan had 15. It was also Westbrook's sixth triple-double in March, the most by a player in a calendar month since Jordan had seven in April 1989. On April 11, with his 18th triple-double of the season in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he tied Magic Johnson (1981–82) for the most in a single season in the past 50 seasons.
    On January 20, 2016, Westbrook recorded 16 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and five steals against the Charlotte Hornets, becoming just the fourth player in NBA history with at least 15 points, 15 assists, five rebounds and five steals in a game.
    More Details Hide Details On February 3, he recorded his third straight triple-double and eighth of the season with 24 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 14 assists in a 117–114 win over the Orland Magic.
  • 2015
    Age 26
    On August 29, 2015, Westbrook married his college sweetheart Nina Earl.
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    On October 28, 2015, Westbrook opened the Thunder's 2015–16 season with a game-high 33 points and 10 assists in a 112–106 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, in a double-overtime win over the Orlando Magic, Westbrook and Kevin Durant became the first pair of teammates to each score at least 40 points in a single game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen accomplished the feat in 1996. Westbrook had 48 and Durant had 43 as the Thunder defeated the Magic 139–136. On November 10, Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season (20th of career) with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in a 125–101 win over the Washington Wizards. Three days later, he recorded his second straight triple-double, recording 21 points, a then career-high 17 rebounds and 11 assists in a 102–85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. On December 27, in a win over the Denver Nuggets, Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, just missing what would have been his fourth triple-double of the season. In that game, Westbrook and Durant became the first teammates to each have at least 25 points and 10 assists in a regulation game since Utah's John Stockton (31 points, 11 assists) and Karl Malone (27 points, 10 assists) on February 2, 1996. On January 4, he was named NBA Western Conference co-Player of the Month for December alongside Durant.
    After being injured the previous year, Westbrook returned to the All-Star game in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He tallied 41 points, and was named the All-Star MVP. He scored 27 points in 11 minutes in the first half, setting an All-Star record for points in a half, and finished one point shy of the All-Star game record set by Wilt Chamberlain (42) in 1962. On February 22, Westbrook recorded 21 points and tied a career-high 17 assists in a 119–94 win over the Denver Nuggets. Two days later, he recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 105–92 win over the Indiana Pacers. In doing so he claimed his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career despite resting for the entire fourth quarter. On February 27, in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Westbrook recorded 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to become the first player to have three straight triple-doubles since LeBron James did so in 2009. Westbrook finished the month of February averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game, and became just the second player in NBA history to average 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game for a calendar month with at least 10 games played, joining Oscar Robertson, who accomplished the feat multiple times.
    After tying a career-high 45 points on February 4, 2015 in a 102–91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Westbrook broke that mark to score a new career-high of 48 points two days later, this time in a 116–113 loss to the Pelicans.
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    On January 16, 2015, Westbrook recorded his ninth career triple-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists in a 127–115 win over the Golden State Warriors, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to record a stat line of 15–15–15 in a game.
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  • 2014
    Age 25
    After scoring 38 points in a 106–89 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2014–15 season opener, Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand the following game against the Los Angeles Clippers and subsequently missed 14 games with the injury.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Kevin Durant on the sidelines after Durant fractured his right foot during preseason and was ruled out for six to eight weeks. With the pair both inactive for the start of the season, the Thunder dropped to a 4–12 record prior to Westbrook's return on November 28 against the New York Knicks. In Westbrook's first game back, he led the Thunder to a win over the Knicks with 32 points. Durant returned the following game to face the New Orleans Pelicans, as the pair helped the Thunder go on a seven-game winning streak to bring the Thunder back into playoff contention.
    On May 27, 2014, in a game 4 victory, Westbrook recorded 40 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, he joined Michael Jordan as the only other player to post those numbers in a playoff game. The Thunder lost the series to the eventual NBA champion Spurs in six games. Westbrook averaged 26.7 points, 8.1 assists, and 7.3 rebounds in the postseason, and became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1964 to average at least 26 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the playoffs.
    On March 4, 2014, Westbrook recorded his second triple-double of the season.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, in just 20 minutes in a 125–92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. 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 to the Western Conference Finals where they faced the San Antonio Spurs.
    Westbrook returned to the lineup on February 20, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He played the rest of the season on limited minutes and sat out the second night of back-to-backs.
  • 2013
    Age 24
    On December 25, 2013, Westbrook recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists as Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 123-94.
    More Details Hide Details This was just the eighth triple-double on Christmas Day in NBA history. The win was also the largest margin of victory in a Christmas Day game in NBA history. On the day after his Christmas-day game, it was announced that Westbrook would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and would be out until after the All-Star break. During this time, The Thunder were able to remain competitive despite his absence due mainly to Kevin Durant's stellar play.
    Prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, Westbrook had a second surgery on his right knee, which set back his return to basketball.
    More Details Hide Details Despite reports that he would miss the first two weeks of the regular season, Westbrook would miss only the first two games.
    He had surgery on April 27, 2013, and was declared out for the rest of the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Without Westbrook, the Thunder defeated the Rockets in 6 games but fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in 5 games in the next round. Westbrook was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third consecutive year.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although Westbrook was clearly bothered by the injury, he would continue 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.
  • 2012
    Age 23
    Westbrook was once again selected for the NBA All-Star Game. He finished the 2012–13 season averaging 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
    More Details Hide Details 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 March 23, 2012, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 149–140 double overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    More Details Hide Details He averaged 23.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 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 NBA Finals for the first time since the franchise relocated but OKC would lose in five games to the Miami Heat. On June 12, in game 1 of the Finals, Westbrook recorded 27 points and 11 assists in a 105-94 victory. He joined Michael Jordan as the only players with 25+ points and 10+ assists in their NBA Finals debut. In a game 4 loss, Westbrook scored a playoff career high 43 points.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    In the 2011–12 season, Westbrook was again selected by the coaches to participate in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
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    Westbrook was selected by the NBA head coaches to be a Western Conference reserve for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details This was his first all-star appearance. Westbrook finished the season with averages of 21.9 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time. The Thunder finished the season at 55–27 and lost to the eventual world champion Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Westbrook averaged 23.8 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds in the playoffs.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    In 2010, he was on the FIBA World Championship team in Istanbul, Turkey where Team USA won gold.
    More Details Hide Details Westbrook later played for the 2012 Summer Olympic team in London, where he also won a gold medal.
    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.
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    On November 26, 2010, Westbrook scored a then-career-high 43 points against the Indiana Pacers.
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    On April 4, 2010, he recorded 10 points and a career-high 16 assists in a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
    Westbrook has represented the United States national team twice, winning gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Sr. 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. However, in May 2004, Barrs tragically died from an enlarged heart during a pickup game. 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. During his senior year, Westbrook averaged 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists and led them to a 25-4 record.
  • 2008
    Age 19
    He finished fourth in the 2008–09 NBA Rookie of the Year voting behind Rookie of the Year winner Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), O. J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) and Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets).
    More Details Hide Details He was named to the NBA's NBA All-Rookie First Team. In his second year, and first season as a full-time starter, Westbrook went on to average 16.1 points, 8. assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals on the season.
    He signed with the team on July 5, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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).
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    After two years at UCLA, he decided to forgo his final two years and enter the 2008 NBA draft.
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    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 later.
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  • 2007
    Age 18
    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 Memphis.
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  • 2006
    Age 17
    That same season, he recorded 14 double-doubles, scored 30 or more points on eight separate occasions, and registered a career-best 51 points at Carson on January 6, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Westbrook did not attract 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. Westbrook wore number 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, .8 rebounds and .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 the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 1988
    Born on November 12, 1988.
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