Oklahoma City Thunder fans would definitely be familiar with the name Russell Westbrook, a seven-time NBA All-Star and one of the most committed and dominant NBA players in history. The point guard has over the years metamorphosed from a highly valued prospect to an integral team player and then to a basketball superstar. With an impressive and history-making career that has unarguably established him as one of the elite players in the game, Westbrook remains a pacesetter and an inspiration to many. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the NBA star.
Russell Westbrook is one of Shannon Horton and Russell Sr. Westbrook’s two children. The NBA star was born on 12th November 1988. Though his birthplace is Long Beach, California, he was mostly raised in South Central Los Angeles.
Westbrook is a fruit who didn’t fall far from the tree as he is from a sports family. His sports inclinations were evident from a young age and his parents helped hone his skills for the future. A playground star, Westbrook’s dad trained his son through rigorous drills in the basketball game while his mom ensured that his academics did not suffer. The NBA player’s academic records show he attended Leuzinger High School, California and later the University of California, Los Angeles.
Russell Westbrook’s talent and stellar performance during his college career conspicuously earned him much needed attention. His golden opportunity to make it as a professional came in the 2008 NBA draft where he was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder. That marked the beginning of a long and lucrative NBA career for the player.
As a point guard with lightning speed, Westbrook has impressive records on and off the court. Notably, in 2012, he led his team to the NBA finals and in 2015, he was named the NBA All-Star MVP after scoring a game-high of 41 points. Again in 2017, he averaged a triple-double the entire season (making history as the second player in basketball history to do so) and was consequently named the NBA MVP.
The talented NBA star has also played basketball at the international level. He was an integral part of the gold-winning American basketball team at both the 2010 FIBA world championship and the 2012 Olympics.
Off the court, Russell Westbrook who has a great fashion sense is a successful entrepreneur. In collaboration with Barneys New York, he launched an eye-gear line – Westbrook Frames Eyewear in 2014. More than that, his unique and impressive fashion taste keeps him actively involved in the fashion world.
Russell Westbrook Wife, Kids
Russell Westbrook is a married man and his heartthrob is Nina Earl. The pair are college sweethearts whose love began at UCLA and they are yet another proof that like minds attract. Just like her hubby, Nina is no stranger to the basketball court. Once considered one of the fastest players on the court, she was part of her school’s basketball team, playing all positions. Though she majored in English while at UCLA, she went on to bag a master’s degree in Psychology.
After dating for a while, Westbrook decided to take their relationship to the next level and proposed to Earl in September 2014. By the next year’s summer, they tied the knot. The longtime lovers who have been married since the 29th of August, 2015 have been each other’s support system and have also expanded their family. They are proud parents to three children – a son Noah born in May 2017 and twin daughters; Jordyn and Skye born in November 2018. The couple who appear to be head over heels in love with each other has been going strong and show no signs of discord anytime soon.
Russell Westbrook is not the only product from his mother’s womb as he has a younger brother named Raynard Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder star who never fails to publicly stress how much his family means to him is privileged to have more than a brother in Raynard, who is his biggest supporter and role model. According to the NBA star, he and Ray have never had a fight and his kid brother has always been his backbone and right-hand man.
In fact, Raynard is almost seen at every Thunder game and has an unwavering habit of sending his big brother encouraging texts during halftime at every single game. In addition to being Westbrook’s biggest and most consistent cheerleader, Ray also volunteers and works behind the scenes for his older brother’s “Why Not” foundation.
During his 2017 MVP speech, an emotional Westbrook publicly praised Ray, revealing that his little brother is a priceless gift to him and he wouldn’t trade their relationship for anything else in the world. More so, the NBA star recently created brand new shoes in honor of his younger brother’s accomplishments.
While Russell continues to shine for the Thunder, Raynard does not just sit in the stands but is also quietly making his own mark in Oklahoma. The younger Westbrook is a journalist and motivational speaker who speaks to Oklahoma’s youth at churches, schools, and clubs.
What Is His Salary?
Russell Westbrook has been a valuable and committed Oklahoma City Thunder player. In 2017, he renewed his contract with the side after signing a five-year, $205 million extension, a mouthwatering deal that became the biggest contract in NBA history. Westbrook also enjoys an endorsement deal with popular sports brand Nike. His current net worth is estimated at $45 million.
Height and Weight
Like almost every other basketball player, the Oklahoma City Thunder star has an impressive frame that commands attention. He towers at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 M) and weighs 84.8 kg (186 lbs).