Russell Westbrook Hair Styles 2019 – Russell Westbrook , His fiery competitiveness has made him into one of the NBA’s true superstars, but after another playoff flameout, it’s clear the eight-time All-Star’s unwillingness to adapt is hurting OKC and his legacy.
Russell Westbrook may ultimately be flawed as an NBA superstar, but damn if he isn’t one of the most exciting players the league has ever seen. He led the Thunder to a jaw-dropping, blood-curdling comeback from 25 points down in an elimination game on Wednesday, finishing with 45 points as Oklahoma City survived.
Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook Jr. 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 died from an enlarged heart during a pickup game.
High school career
Westbrook entered Leuzinger High School as a point guard who stood only 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall and weighed only 140 pounds (64 kg), although he did have large (size-14) feet. He did not 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 grew to his adult height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) that same summer.
Westbrook wore number 0 throughout his career at UCLA. As a freshman in 2006–07, 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, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.7 assists on the year. The next season, Collison was injured and Westbrook was named the starter. He 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.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–2019)
Rookie and first playoffs (2008–10)
Westbrook (left) looks at then-teammate Kevin Durant in the post against Boston in 2010.
Westbrook was selected 4th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics (which then relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder six days later). He signed with the team on July 5, 2008. 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.