In Long Beach, California, on November 12, 1988, Russell Westbrook III was born. Along with his mother Shannon, father Russell Sr., and younger brother Raynard, he was raised in Hawthorne. Khelcey Barrs III, Russell’s best friend, passed away tragically during a scrimmage in 2004 while the two were still Leuzinger High School students.
Barrs had an undiagnosed enlarged heart, and Russell and Barrs dreamed of playing basketball together at UCLA. Westbrook began playing for Leuzinger’s varsity team as a junior and scored an average of 25.1 points per contest as a senior.
He received a basketball scholarship offer from UCLA, where his sophomore season saw him start for the team and win the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award.
The Seattle SuperSonics, who six days later changed their name to the Thunder after relocating to Oklahoma City, selected Russell with the fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft. Westbrook joined the Thunder on July 5, 2008, and in his rookie campaign, he averaged 15.3 points per game and made the NBA All-Rookie First Team. During his second season with the organization, he was elevated to a full-time starter, and the Thunder made the playoffs.
Russell achieved a career high of 43 points on November 26, 2010, and in 2011, he was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game and named to the All-NBA Second Team. He would receive both of these honors once more in 2012.
Russell Westbrook’s net worth
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