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Russell Westbrook | Guard | #0

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / OKC
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Russell Westbrook will not play for Team USA in the Olympics this summer.
"This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me," Westbrook's statement said. He added he looks forward to future opportunities with USA Basketball. Westbrook played in 80 games this season with both absences due to rest. He'll enter a contract year next season for what will be his biggest pay day, so maybe that is a factor for him. Jun 10 - 6:31 PM

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Russell Westbrook said that the Thunder need to improve their mental toughness next season.

"Mental toughness," Westbrook said. "I think we've gotten very, very well at that point, but I think to make the next step, we have to constantly do that throughout the whole season, not just late in the playoffs, because I thought we turned the page when it got to this time of year, but I think if we constantly keep that from start to finish, it makes it easier for us in certain situations." Westbrook had a phenomenal season and led the NBA in triple-doubles (18), finishing with averages of 23.5 points, 10.4 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.3 steals and 4.3 turnovers.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 3 - 11:33 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 19 points during a Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

He had some uncharacteristic misses in this game, especially around the rim. Westbrook made just 28-of-76 (36.8 percent) in the three losses with a ton of isolation. Heading into the series, the Thunder shook off the narrative of struggling to close games, but it came back to bite them again with the Warriors beating up on them in the second half in the last three. Westbrook is still 27 and it'll be intriguing to see how he ages. He's a freak, so he could dominate with his athleticism for a long time.
May 30 - 11:59 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points during a 108-101 Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and five turnovers in 44 minutes.

The Thunder will live and die by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but it was the latter late in this game. Westbrook was stripped a couple times late and turned the ball over four times in the fourth. His 44 minutes tonight are the most he's played in these playoffs while posting a 32.9 usage rate in that time. If he cut down on the turnovers, the Thunder might be headed to Cleveland. Instead, they're off to Oakland for Game 7 at Oracle Arena.
May 29 - 12:22 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points during a loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

It was a very Westbrook game with lots of highs and lows. He had a couple bad stretches with careless turnovers while he hit a number of impressive off-the-dribble jumpers. The Thunder will live and die by Westbrook with the All-NBA First Team guard playing some of his best ball of his career. In this series, he's averaging 28.0 points, 6.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 treys. His numbers are better at home, so we have high expectations for his stat output in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:52 PM

Russell Westbrook triple-doubled with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Thunder to a 118-94 win in Game 4.

This gives the Thunder a commanding 3-1 series lead over the defending champs. Westbrook was dominant tonight, shooting 12-of-27 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line while adding four steals and four treys in 41 minutes. As good as he was on offense, Westbrook also held Stephen Curry in check, limiting the MVP to 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting. For what it's worth, teams that take a 3-1 series lead in the conference finals are 37-2 in NBA history.
May 24 - 11:40 PM

The Thunder cruised to a 133-105 win in Game 3, aided by Russell Westbrook's 30 points (10-of-19 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals.

Westbrook had some jaw-dropping plays tonight, combining his natural athleticism with pure ferocity, and the Warriors didn't have any answers defensively. His few bad shots were overshadowed by outrageous euro-step layups, rebounds in traffic, fastbreak explosions and unselfish passes, resulting in a statement game for the 27-year-old All-Star. Follow the link below to enjoy one of his Game 3 highlights.
May 22 - 10:54 PM

Russell Westbrook made only 5-of-14 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws during OKC's Game 2 loss, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, two steals and three turnovers.

Westbrook's seven steals in Game 1 set a franchise record but he had only two steals tonight, and OKC's defense collapsed en masse in the second half. WB struggled to create individual offense vs. Klay Thompson, he forced an objectively bad two-for-one possession to end the first half, and he'll need to be much better for the Thunder to maintain home-court advantage with consecutive wins in Games 3 and 4.
May 19 - 12:05 AM

Russell Westbrook was tremendous in the second half during a 108-102 victory in Oakland on Monday, scoring 27 points with six rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

Coach Billy Donovan looked like was going to get the Westbroke version of his All-Star guard with a 1-of-10 start from the field, but Westbrook erupted for 19 points in the third quarter. Those 19 points were his best scoring output in any playoff quarter in his career and also the most the Warriors allowed to a player in a quarter this postseason. The OKC starters were very good against the Warriors during the regular season and they posted a 34.8 net rating tonight. This series should be a wild ride.
May 17 - 12:39 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points with 12 assists, three rebounds, two steals, two 3-pointers and six turnovers vs. the Spurs in Game 6.

The turnovers were rough, but Westbrook had an efficient night shooting the ball, going 10-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Kevin Durant and Westbrook scored or assisted on 88 of the Thunder's 113 points in Game 6 and accounted for 76 percent of OKC's points in this series. KD and Westbrook will have to be even more special in the next round with a matchup vs. the Warriors looming.
May 12 - 11:13 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 35 points to lead the Thunder to a thrilling 95-91 win over the Spurs in Game 5 on Tuesday, giving his team a 3-2 series lead.

Kevin Durant shined in Game 4, so it was Westbrook's turn to go off tonight. He flirted with a triple-double in the win, grabbing 11 boards with nine assists, two steals and three 3-pointers while shooting 12-of-27 from the field. Even more impressive, Westbrook and Durant scored or assisted on 80 of the Thunder's 95 points. The Thunder can clinch the series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in OKC.
May 10 - 10:36 PM

Russell Westbrook had more assists (15) than points (14) during Sunday's Game 4 victory, adding seven rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes of action.

Westbrook admitted after Game 3 that he took "just too many shots," having launched 31 attempts compared to 18 for Kevin Durant. "I've got to get other guys involved, especially to beat [the Spurs]," he added. "I take the blame." He still took 18 shots tonight, making just five of them, but was clearly more inclined to share the ball. The result was a crucial, series-tying win for the Thunder. Go figure.
May 8 - 10:51 PM

Russell Westbrook was busy during a 100-96 Game 3 loss to the Spurs on Friday, making 10-of-31 from the field for 31 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and five turnovers.

That is a heck of a lot of usage from last season's usage rate leader. Westbrook was keeping his turnovers down, but he had two turnovers with two minutes left in the game. Of course, the Thunder not closing out games properly has been their Achilles heel. Westbrook was also forcing a ton of shots in this game, which is not his best style. The Spurs have no problem with Westbrook ending 39 possessions and the All-Star only having 31 points to show for it. He's a fantasy stat factory.
May 7 - 12:27 AM

Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 29 points during a 98-97 Game 2 victory over the Spurs on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

This game had a wild finish with Dion Waiters elbowing Manu Ginobili on an inbound pass. Before that, Westbrook picked up a lot easier buckets with the Thunder scoring 21 points in fast break -- they only had 12 in the 124-92 Game 1 loss. Westbrook didn't have to deal with Kawhi Leonard as much as Game 1, so that was huge for him. Coach Gregg Popovich will probably try to put Kawhi on Westy more in Game 3 on Friday.
May 3 - 12:51 AM

Russell Westbrook made 5-of-19 from the field for 14 points during a 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two turnovers.

Not a good start. The Spurs put Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook for most of this game and it totally took the Thunder offense out of rhythm. In fact, Westbrook was just 1-of-7 from the field against Kawhi in this game. He was also a disaster on defense during this game with OKC having a seemingly non-existent perimeter defense. Westbrook did have a good run against the Spurs during the season, but this is a terrible start with the Spurs approach to start the series. Leonard being on Westbrook is bad news for his DFS value as the most expensive player in most formats.
Apr 30 - 10:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Randy Foye
3Cameron Payne
SG1Victor Oladipo
2Andre Roberson
3Dion Waiters
4Anthony Morrow
SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
3Josh Huestis
PF1Nick Collison
2Ersan Ilyasova
3Mitch McGary
C1Steven Adams
2Enes Kanter
3Dakari Johnson
4Nazr Mohammed