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Russell Westbrook is one of the most popular players in the NBA today. He is known for his electrifying performances and is one of the most explosive dunkers in the league.
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Key Facts & Information
- Russell Westbrook was born on 12th November 1988, in California to Shannon Horton and Russell Westbrook.
- He and his younger brother Reynard were trained by their father, who used to set up drills in order to make both his sons learn the nuances of basketball.
- His mother made sure he excelled in both basketball and academics – and he really did.
- Westbrook and his best friend, Khelcey Barrs III, had hopes of going to UCLA and playing together. However, Barrs died from an enlarged heart during a pickup game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CAREER
- Westbrook entered Leuzinger High School as a point guard who stood only 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall and weighed 140 pounds (64 kg).
- He did not start on his school’s varsity team until his junior year.
- Upon entering his senior year, Westbrook became the best player of the team.
- Initially, he did not attract much attention from top college basketball programs until UCLA Bruins saw his potential.
- He didn’t received his college recruitment letter until the summer before his senior year.
- That summer, Westbrook grew to his adult height of 6 feet 3 inches.
- At UCLA, he played as a backup to Darren Collison and was primarily used as a defender and energy player off the bench.
- The next season, Collison was injured and Westbrook was named the starter.
- He was then named All-Pac-10 Third Team and won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
- Wearing a number 0 jersey throughout his UCLA career, Westbrook’s outstanding skills helped his team reach the final four in both the seasons that he played in.
- After two years at UCLA, he decided to forgo his final two years and enter the 2008 NBA draft.
- The Seattle SuperSonics later known as the Oklahoma Thunder selected Westbrook as its 4th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.
- He officially signed with the team on July 5, 2008, and recorded his first career triple-double on March 2, 2009.
- He came fourth in the NBA rookie of the Year voting and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
- In his second year as a full-time starter, Westbrook averaged 16.1 points, 8.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals for the season.
- In the 2011 Western Conference Tournament, he played a big role in helping his team reach the finals.
- In the same year, the coaches included him in the team for the 2012 NBA All Star Game.
- Russell went for arthroscopic surgery the next season and he made a comeback in February 2014.
- The surgery broke his streak of never missing a game for the 394 consecutive regular season matches.
- In 2015, Westbrook broke his previous career high record of points, scoring 48 against the New Orleans Pelicans.
- In his 2015–16 season, Westbrook and Kevin Durant dropped 40 points against the Orlando Magic, becoming the first teammates in NBA history to do so multiple times.
- He also returned to the All Star Tournament 2015 and scored 41 points and was later named as the All Star MVP.
- On January 20, 2016, Westbrook became the fourth player in NBA history with at least 15 points, 15 assists, five rebounds, and five steals in a game.
- He was voted to start in his first All-Star Game in 2016 and earned his second MVP award.
- In the 2016-17 season, Westbrook achieved his third career 50 point triple doubles, and became the first player in NBA history to achieve the feat.
- He also moved to fourth place for most triple-doubles in a season surpassing Wilt Chamberlain’s 78.
- The next season, Westbrook became the fourth player in NBA history to record 100 triple-doubles, joining Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Jason Kidd.
- By the 2018-2019 season, he became the second player in NBA history to record 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 20 assists in a single game.
- Westbrook posted his 34th triple-double, tying Magic Johnson for second place on the career triple-double list.
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