Russell Westbrook was born on November 12, 1988, in Long Beach, California. NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2017 was named after his father. Russell has a younger brother named Raynard, and married Nina Earl in 2015.
He started his NBA career in 2008 when the Seattle SuperSonics (which later became Oklahoma City Thunder) drafted him as the fourth overall pick. He rose as a superstar while playing for the Thunder. Westbrook won the MVP award in 2017 when he averaged a triple-double for the season. He also set a record for the most triple-doubles in a season, with 42. However, he was traded to Houston Rockets prior to the 2019/20 season. After just one season, he was traded again to the Washington Wizards.
Westbrook has also represented the US national team twice, winning gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics. Moreover, Westbrook plays at the point guard position and has used jersey no 0.
In December 2020, Russell Westbrook left the Houston Rockets via trade to join the Washington Wizards. He was unhappy at Houston and requested to leave. He swapped places with John Wall to form a solid backcourt partnership with Bradley Beal. Westbrook’s arrival at Washington made the Wizards a playoff team once again.
NBA Most Valuable Player (2017)
9× NBA All-Star (2011–2013, 2015–2020)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2015, 2016)
2× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)
5× All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013, 2015, 2018)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2019, 2020)
2× NBA scoring champion (2015, 2017)
2× NBA assists leader (2018, 2019)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
After 884 games in his NBA career, Westbrook has averaged 23.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 8.3 assists. Currently, in the 2020-21 season, Westbrook is averaging 20.5 points 10.7 rebounds, and 11.8 assists per game.
In 2016, Westbrook had signed a three-year $86 million contract with Oklahoma City Thunder. He won the MVP award that season, which saw a significant increase in his new contract. In 2017, Westbrook signed the largest contract in NBA history, worth $205 million over five years. Overall, the net worth of Russell Westbrook, as estimated by Forbes, is $53.7 million.
Westbrook presumably signed the largest contract in the Jordan Brand history when he signed an extension in 2017. A year later, he got his own signature shoe. Apart from Nike, he endorses top brands like PepsiCo and Samsung. His earnings from endorsements contribute to around $18 million of his earnings.
Westbrook founded the ‘Russell Westbrook Why Not?’ Foundation in 2012, with an aim to inspire the lives of children. The foundation, according to its website, “is dedicated to supporting community-based education and family service programs while encouraging youth to believe in themselves.”
Westbrook has also contributed to various charitable causes through his foundation.
Russell Westbrook’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/russwest44
Russell Westbrook’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/russwest44/
|Kids||Noah Russell, Skye, Jordyn|
|Height||6′ 3″ (2.01 m)|
|Endorsements||Nike, PepsiCo, Samsung electronics, true religion apparel|