Russell Westbrook III, born on November 12, 1988, is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Being a member of the 75th Anniversary Team, Westbrock is a nine-time NBA All-Star and earned the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award for the 2016 to 2017 season.
Westbrook is also a nine-time All-NBA Team member; he led the league in scoring in 2014 to 2015 and 2016 to 2017, and won back to back NBA All-Star Game MVP awards in 2015 and 2016.
In the year 2017, the year in which he won the league MVP award, Westbrookbecame one of two players in NBA history to to average a triple-double for a season, along with Oscar Robertson in 1962. He also set a record of the most triple-doubles in a season with 42. In the subsequent two seasons, he led the league in assists and became the first player to have led the league in points and assists in multiple seasons. In 2020 to 2021, Westbrook averaged a triple-double the fourth time in five seasons, which made him passed Robertson for the most career triple-doubles in NBA history.
Westbrook played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. In the 2008 draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, Westbrook came out with the fourth overall pick. He then moved to Oklahoma City that same week. He has represented the United States national team two times. He won a gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics.
In the year 2019, Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets. He played a season for the organization before being traded again to the Washington Wizards in 2020. After he had played a season in Washington, he has traded to the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook married Nina Earl, a former college basketball player, in 2015.