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Russell Westbrook | Guard | #0

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / OKC
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Russell Westbrook was named the league MVP for the 2016-17 season.
Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer. Jun 26 - 11:13 PM

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The Thunder will be able to sign Russell Westbrook to the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

Russ will make $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and can tack on another five years, beginning in 2018-19. The total value of the extension would be $207 million. If Westbrook decides not to sign the extension, thus enabling him to become a free agent in July of 2018, OKC will have a tough decision to make. Do they allow him to play out the 2017-18 season and hope he re-signs, or do they maximize his trade value and avoid risking losing him for nothing.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 20 - 9:48 AM

Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for Most Valuable Player.

It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year.
May 19 - 8:14 PM

In a new commercial featuring Russell Westbrook, he repeatedly refers to Oklahoma City as his "home."

This is far from concrete evidence that Westbrook is willing to sign a long-term extension with the Thunder this offseason, but it would be quite strange to see him leave OKC after releasing a commercial where loyalty and a feeling of being home play out as the overarching themes. Westbrook could potentially sign a five-year extension worth roughly $217 million this summer, but nothing official can happen until July 1.
Source: YouTube
May 8 - 2:43 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti is "hopeful" that Russell Westbrook will sign a new long-term extension with OKC this summer.

Westbrook will be eligible for a Designated Player Extension, enabling him to ink a five-year, $217 million contract that would make him the highest-paid player in NBA history. His other option is to play out the 2017-18 season and then enter unrestricted free agency next summer. "The rules are that you can't have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we'll sit down, we'll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents," said Presti.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 10:09 AM

Russell Westbrook will be eligible to sign an extension with the Thunder this summer worth roughly $220 million over five years.

Should Westbrook accept that deal, he'll become the highest paid player in the NBA with a $40 million annual salary, but he also could just play out his current contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but Westbrook is guaranteed to spend at least one more season in OKC, so he'll make for a fine top-5 pick in next year's drafts.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 10:15 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 47 points in a 105-99 Game 5 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday as the Thunder were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Westbrook played 42 minutes and was a +12 during his time on the court, but once again the Thunder melted down when he went to the bench. He finished 15-of-34 from the field with 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers. Westy was absolutely gassed by the end of the game and finished just 2-of-12 in the fourth quarter, and he also forced too many perimeter shots -- he hit 5-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. The MVP candidate had an epic season and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 43 triple-doubles, posting averages of 31.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.5 triples and 4.2 turnovers on 42.2 percent shooting.
Apr 25 - 11:12 PM

Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Houston, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series.
Apr 23 - 7:25 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points during a 115-113 win over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind.
Apr 22 - 12:52 AM

Thunder coach Billy Donovan defended Russell Westbrook on Thursday.

Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 1:04 PM

Russell Westbrook said he couldn't care less about his historic 51-point triple-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets because the end result was a loss.

"I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost. "We can't give away leads like that on the road, man. It's too difficult." Westbrook scored the most points ever in a playoff triple-double during the Game 2 loss, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, as OKC's second-leading scorer was Andre Roberson with 12 points and Victor Oladipo needed 14 shots to score his 11 points. For OKC to have any chance in this series, they'll need their role players to step it up.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

Russell Westbrook was phenomenal for most of Wednesday's tough Game 2 defeat, scoring a career playoff-high 51 points (17-of-43 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs) with 13 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and one block.

Westbrook had his usual handful of uniquely dominant plays, including a block that he converted into a nifty layup at the other end (see the link below). He nearly triple-doubled in the first half alone, but fatigue might have been a factor during his rough fourth quarter, which included an 0-of-7 stretch from the field. He's an absolute force of nature, and needless to say his DFS owners were thrilled with the end result tonight.
Apr 19 - 10:56 PM

Russell Westbrook struggled during his team's Game 1 loss on Sunday, scoring 22 points on 6-of-23 shooting with 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and nine turnovers.

Westbrook is obviously a stat-magnet but most of his turnovers were unforced momentum killers. He'll need to rein it in for OKC to compete with the Rockets' firepower in a seven-game series -- he'll also need more help from his teammates, who combined for 65 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Tonight's loss and the matchup vs. Pat Beverley should give Westbrook some added fuel for Game 2, not that the MVP candidate needs an excuse to play full-throttle on every possession.
Apr 17 - 12:17 AM

Russell Westbrook returned from a rest day to post five points, eight assists and five rebounds in 18 minutes, but OKC opted to rest him after halftime.

Westbrook finishes the regular season with a surreal triple-double average, and Oscar Robertson was in attendance tonight to congratulate him on setting a new single-season record for most triple-doubles. The MVP race is extremely tight between Westbrook and James Harden, who will square off in the first round of the playoffs. Buckle up.
Apr 12 - 9:34 PM

Russell Westbrook will play on Wednesday against the Nuggets.

He's almost certainly going to have some limitations after getting the night off on Monday night. Westbrook destroyed the Nuggets on Sunday with his 50-point triple-double, including a game-winning three at the buzzer. It's also worth a mention Oscar Robertson will be in attendance, so maybe Westbrook tried for a 43rd. He'll be very risky to use in DFS.
Apr 12 - 5:27 PM