Happy Birthday Mr. Westbrook: 30 things you don’t know about Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is truly one-of-a-kind. Interesting, crazy competitive, explosive, athletic, angry, exciting, plus he wears crazy outfits.
Westbrook is widely recognized as one of the best all-around guards in league history. He has incredible quickness, an unparalleled jumping ability, and he attacks the rim relentlessly. He is a point guard, which only adds to the impressiveness.
Today he turns 30. We don’t have a birthday card or a cake; instead here are 30 facts and stats about Westbrook that illustrate the type of person/player he is. Some of these are already out there in the world, but we think they’re worth repeating. Others are new, just in case you somehow haven’t realized he is unique.
Here are 30 things you may or may not know about Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook:
30. The Magic connection
His favorite player growing up was Magic Johnson, though he has never called himself a Lakers fan. His favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys.
29. Multi-sport star
He played football (linebacker and running back), baseball (shortstop), and tennis growing up.
28. Started at the bottom…
In his first year at UCLA, Westbrook wasn’t the starting point guard, only averaginf nine minutes and 3.4 points per game. In the offseason, he worked out and played pickup games with the NBA players (he ran drills on sand dunes of Manhattan Beach in the to improve his fitness). The extra work elevated Westbrook’s game and during his sophomore season, he helped lead the Bruins to the Final Four before losing to Memphis. Following that loss, he declared for the 2008 NBA draft.
27. Agent 0
His favorite number is 4. It’s what he wore in high school, but he has worn 0 ever since he played his first year at UCLA (Arron Afflalo wore 4).
26. The last Sonic
Westbrook was the very last draft pick of the Seattle Supersonics. Although he was worried he might not get selected at all in the draft, he was the fourth overall pick in the ’08 Draft. There is hope in Seattle that the franchise will return, but as of now, Westbrook is the last player to be drafted by the Sonics before the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.