10 Things You Didn’t Know About Russell Westbrook
The face of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook, is pure, unbridled passion for the game of basketball and the NBA is that much better for it. The 6-foot-3 point guard is one of the league’s most popular players but some of his fans may not know him as much as they should.
In his 11 years in the league (and counting), he has amassed numerous awards and reached several milestones that other players can only dream about. Westbrook’s rise to prominence is nothing short of phenomenal and it has brought him acclaim both on and off the court.
If you want to know more about the Thunder’s floor leader and the unquestioned greatest player in franchise history, let’s take a look at 10 things that you (probably) didn’t know about Russell Westbrook.
10. Westbrook has been in the top 10 in rebounds the past two years
Aside from averaging a triple-double for two consecutive years (something you already know), Westbrook has been the 10th best rebounder in the league during these years as well, averaging 10.7 and 10.1 during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.
He has been so good at grabbing missed shots the past couple of years that he has out-rebounded bigger players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Love, LeBron James, Marc Gasol, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, and LaMarcus Aldridge. And these guys are at least five inches taller than he is!
9. Westbrook bested Oscar Robertson’s Triple-Double Season
During the 2016-17 season in which Brodie equaled Oscar Robertson by averaging a triple-double for an entire year, the Thunder point guard accomplished something that the Big O never did: Westbrook won that season’s Most Valuable Player Award, the first of his career.
According to Victor Mather of The New York Times, Robertson’s triple-double feat in the 1961-62 season netted him only third place in the MVP balloting right behind Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. That’s most likely because the triple-double wasn’t considered a huge accomplishment then as it is now. Still, Westbrook has a leg up on the legendary guard by winning the highly-coveted individual award in the same year that he achieved a triple-double season.