Russell Westbrook Biography Facts, Childhood And Personal Life

Russel Westbrook Playing for Oklahoma City Thunders

Russell Westbrook, popularly known by his nickname ‘Beastbrook’ is an American professional basketball player. He is one of NBA’s finest and amiable superstars. Russell’s antics on the court is one that speaks of the astounding and outstanding result of combining talent with hard work. His sophisticated style of play which has earned him a multitude of award and honours can be seen in his incredible teamwork approach to victory with teammates notably of which is Kevin Durant. Oklahoma City Thunders. We bring you some of the notable moments in the career of this auspicious athlete as he rises to basketball stardom in our special Russell Westbrook Biography Facts, Childhood And Personal Life.

Highlights include his NBA/Basketball career, achievements and awards, famous quotes plus other on-screen and off-screen facts about his life.

Russell Westbrook Biography Facts

Full Name:Russell Westbrook III
Born:November 12, 1988 (age 30)
Place of Birth:Long Beach, California United States of America
Height:6 feet, 3 inches
Shoe Size:15
Weight:200 lbs (91 kg)
Education:Leuzinger High School, University of California
Parents:Shannon Horton (Mother), Russell Westbrook (Father)
Spouse:Nina Earl (m. August 29, 2015)
Children:Noah Russell Westbrook (Son)
Net Worth:$125 million
Occupation:Basketball Player
Current Team:Oklahoma City Thunder
Playing Career:2008 – present
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio

Russell Westbrook Childhood and Early Life

Russel Westbook Childhood Picture
Russel Westbrook Childhood Picture

Russell Westbrook was born on November 12, 1988, in Long Beach, California and raised in Hawthorne by his parents; Russell Westbrook Jr – father, and Shannon Horton – mother. Westbrook has a younger brother named Raynard. Westbrook and his best friend Khelcey Barrs III shared the hope of attending UCLA and playing together, but Barrs died in May 2004 from an enlarged heart during a pickup game.

Russell Westbrook Basketball Career

High School Career

Westbrook was appointed point guard while studying in Leuzinger High School. He was 5 feet 8 inches tall then and had a weight of 140 pounds (64kg) with a large feet size of 14. However, he was not included in his school’s varsity team until his junior year. He 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. While Westbrook was in his senior year he registered 14 double-doubles and scored 30 or more points about eight different times. Westbrook was not considered for any top college basketball programs until head coach Ben Howland offered him a scholarship to play for the UCLA Bruins after Jordan Farmer announced his decision for NBA draft.

Russel Westbook while in Leuzinger High School–2005
Russel Westbrook while in Leuzinger High School–2005

College Career

As a freshman during the 2006-2007 season, Westbrook played as a backup to Daren Collision and as a defender. He adorned the number 0 jersey throughout his career at UCLA. After spending two years at UCLA, he decided to enter the 2008 NBA draft and skipped his final two years in college.

Professional Career

Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–present)

The Seattle SuperSonics later known as the Oklahoma Thunder six days after relocating to Oklahoma City 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 became the first rookie since Chris Paul and the third in Sonics/Thunder franchise history to record a triple-double. He came fourth in the NBA rookie of the Year voting and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

All-Star and playoff successes (2010-2013)

After an incredible performance in the 2010-2011 season, Westbrook was selected by the NBA head coaches to be a Western Conference reserve for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, marking his first All-Star appearance. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time after a wonderful performance. Westbrook was selected by the NBA coaches to take part in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. In the 2011-2012 season, after putting up a spectacular performance he was voted to the All-NBA Second Team for the second consecutive time. He helped the Oklahoma Thunder to the NBA finals but lost to the Miami Heat. In his debut game of the finals, Westbrook registered 27 points and 11 assists, making him the only player aside Michael Jordan with 25+ points and 10+ assists in an NBA Finals debut. He also was selected for the NBA All-Star Game. He sustained an injury on his right knee after a collision with Houston Rockets guard, Patrick Beverly in an attempt to steal the ball on April 23, 2011. Though bothered by the injury Westbrook continued played and registered 29 points. It was revealed the next day that he sustained a slight tear in his right meniscus. He was declared out of the rest of the playoff after undergoing surgery on April 27, 2013. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third year in a row.

Injury and Comeback (2013-2015)

Before the start of the 2013-2014 season, Westbrook had another surgery on his right knee delaying his return to basketball. It was reported that Westbrook will miss two weeks of the season but missed the first two games. On December 25, 2013, he corded the eight triple-double on Christmas Day in NBA history in a 123-94 victory over the New York Knicks where he registered 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The next day, it was declared that Westbrook will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee which will see him out of play until the All-Star break. The Oklahoma Thunder still remained a formidable contender as Kevin Durant filled the void left by Westbrook’s absence. He returned to action on February 20, 2014, though played the remainder of the season on limited minutes. He recorded his second triple-double of the season in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, which was the second fastest triple-double recorded in NBA history. The Oklahoma Thunder advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In game 4 of the finals in a victory over the San Antonio Spur Westbrook registered 20 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals, joining Michael Jordan as the only players to register such numbers in a playoff game. In a season opener game of the 2014-2015 against the Portland Trail Blazers Westbrook registered 38 points. The next game against the Los Angeles Clippers he sustained a minor fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand which made him miss 14 games. He joined Kevin Durant who also suffered a fracture in his right foot during preseason and was out of play for eight weeks. In the absence of both players the Oklahoma Thunder dropped in form. However, in a comeback game against the New York Knicks, he led the team to a victory with 32 points. Durant made a comeback the next game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the duo helped the Oklahoma Thunder to a seven-game winning streak, thus making the Oklahoma Thunder a playoff contender.

After setbacks due to injury the previous season, Westbrook made a comeback to the All-Star game in 2015. He scored 41 points and was named the All-Star MVP. Westbrook set an All-Star for points in a half after scoring 27 points in 11 minutes, finishing one-point shy of Wilt Chamberlain All-Star game record set in 1962. On February 24, 2015, he registered 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Indiana Pacers, claiming his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career. Westbrook recorded 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists making him the first player to secure three consecutive triple-doubles since LeBron James in 2009. He reached a career high of 49 points and 16th rebounds and added 10 assists to his fourth straight triple-doubles in a 123-118 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to secure four consecutive triple-doubles and to have back to back triple-doubles with a minimum of 40 points. It also became the most points scored by a player with triple-doubles since Larry Bird in 1992. His triple-double streaks ended the next night in a 105-108 loss to the Chicago Bulls where he registered 43 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He recorded his fifth triple-doubles in a win over the 108-104 Toronto Raptors.

Coming up short (2015-2016)

Westbrook and Kevin Durant began the 2015-2016 season by dropping 40 points in a match against the Orlando Magic which made them the first teammates to meet the feat multiple times in NBA history, having done it in 2012. In December, they became the first teammates to have at least 25 points each and 10 assists in a regulation game since 1996 in a game against the Denver Nuggets. He was named Western Conference player of the month for December alongside Kevin Durant. He became the fourth player in NBA history to record at least 15 points, 15 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in a game after recording 16 points, 15 assists, 5 steals and 8 rebounds against the Charlotte Hornets. He was voted to start in his first All-Star Game in 2016 and earned his second MVP award. He recorded his 11th triple-double in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

MVP and first triple-double season (2016-2017)

Russel Westbrook Playing for Oklahoma City Thunders–2017
Westbrook Playing for Oklahoma City Thunders–2017

After Kevin Durant’s departure and with Westbrook contract set to expire in 2017, the Oklahoma Thunder held off trade talks to work out a contract extension. Westbrook signed a three-year contract extension worth $95.7 million with the Thunder on August 4, 2016. He recorded 38th career regular-season triple-double in a win over the Phoenix Sun with 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists which made him the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 on October 28. On October 30th he scored 33 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists in a win over the LA Lakers which made him joined the ranks of Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jerry Lucas as the only players in NBA history with two triple-double in the first three games of a season. Forty-one games into the season, he became the first player to average a triple-double in an entire season. He recorded 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th triple-double in a season in a win over the Sacramento Kings. Westbrook joined Robertson who achieved the feat five times and Wilt Chamberlain, two times as the only players in NBA history to register 20 triple-doubles in a season. Westbrook recorded three consecutive triple-doubles coming out of the All-star break earning him the 67th of his career and 30th in the season. He matched Wilt Chamberlain record for the second-most triple-doubles in a season on March 9, in a match against the San Antonio Spurs. He surpassed Wilt Chamberlain record on March 11, with his 32nd triple-doubles. He tied with Robertson 41 triple-doubles in a season in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 4. He tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the fourth on the career list with his 78th triple-double. He joined Robertson to average triple-doubles for a season three days later. He broke Robertson triple-doubles in a season record in an away victory over the Denver Nuggets on April 9. He also moved fourth place for most triple-doubles in a season surpassing Wilt Chamberlain’s 78. At the first ever NBA Awards show on June 26, 2017, he was named the recipient of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Westbrook hoists the NBA MVP Award
Russell Westbrook hoists the NBA MVP Award – June 26, 2017

Second triple-double season (2017-2018)

Westbrook signed a five-year contract extension worth $205 million with the Thunder. The deals begin with the 2018-2019 NBA season. The deal was the biggest guaranteed contract in NBA history. Westbrook continued his pattern for triple-double in a season opener in a game against the New York Knicks on October 19.  Westbrook became the first player in league history against 29 different opponents on October 28, after registering 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in a 101-69 win over the Chicago Bulls. He recorded his 10th triple-double of the season in a 119-119 triple-overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers where he recorded 27 points, 18 rebounds and 15 assists. He became the 112th NBA player to record 16,000 career point in a 97-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks where he registered 40 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists.

National Team Career

Westbrook debuted for the US National team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team was without an All-Star or a member from the Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medal team, so Westbrook was considered a star. The USA team went on to claim the tournament undefeated making it their first World Championship since 1994. The win automatically qualified the team for the London 2012 Olympics where Westbrook claimed his second gold medal and made the team overtake Argentina for the No. 1 spot in the world ranking. Westbrook turned down an invitation to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Russell Westbrook dunks at the London 2012 Olympics
Russell Westbrook–United States (No. 7) dunks over Juan Gutierrez–Argentina (No. 9) at the Men’s Basketball Preliminary Round match of London 2012 Olympic Games (Day 10)—Basketball Arena, Aug. 6, 2012, London. Photo credit: Zimbio

Russel Westbrook Personal Life

Westbrook married his college sweetheart Nina Earl on August 29, 2015. They both have a kid named Noah Russell Westbrook, born on May 16, 2017.

Russell Westbrook, Nina Westbrook and Noah Westbrook at the All Star weekend–2018
Russell Westbrook, Nina Westbrook and Noah Westbrook at the All-Star weekend–2018

He often wears a “KB3” wristband and has “KB3” on his sneakers in honour of his childhood friend who he shared the hopes of playing together with Khelcey Barrs. Westbrook has endorsement deals with the Jordan Brand, Kings and Jaxs Boxer Briefs. He is the global face of Mountain Dew Kickstart.

Westbrook founded Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation to inspire children, teach them to never give up and empower them to ask “Why Not?”

Russell Westbrook Achievements and Awards

  1. NBA Most Valuable Player (2017)
  2. NBA All-Star (2011–2013, 2015–2018)
  3. NBA All-Star Game MVP (2015, 2016)
  4. All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)
  5. All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013, 2015, 2018)
  6. NBA scoring champion (2015, 2017)
  7. NBA assists leader (2018)
  8. NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
  9. Third-team All-Pac-10 (2008)
  10. Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2008)

Russell Westbrook Quotes

“There’s no reason to hold yourself back and say you can’t do something in life unless you go for it and try to do it”

— Russell Westbrook

“Every day when I get on the floor I give it my all and play because you never know what tomorrow holds”

— Russell Westbrook

“I’m never satisfied. I’m always trying to get better and learn from my mistake”s

— Russell Westbrook

“I say “Why not” to everything”

— Russell Westbrook

“You see how can you help your team, help yourself improve, and that’s what I try to figure out throughout the season”

— Russell Westbrook

“You gotta win; that’s all I care about”

— Russell Westbrook

“My friends and I started that motto early in high school—that attitude, that mentality—from way back then. Want to go to Stanford? Why not? Want to play in the NBA? Why not?”

— Russell Westbrook

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