Last week , the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled the trigger on a five-year, $78-million-plus max contract extension for All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. The deal assures that Westbrook will remain under contract with the Thunder through the 2016-17 NBA season. After the long NBA lockout, his future was uncertain.
College: University of California, Los Angeles
NBA Debut: October 29, 2008
Age: 23 years ▪ Experience: 3 years
His qualities made him one of the finest oint guards in the NBA. He’s an athletic and explosive combo guard with the length to make up for his lack of height. Attacks the basket with a lethal first step and crossover ability . Can handle the rock well and gets into the lane effortlessly . Finishes well at the rim and is unafraid to go up in traffic. Huge wingspan allows him to play much bigger than his 6-3 height. Gets good lift on his jumpshot and has a quick release. Solid passer with unselfishness, always looks for the open man. Has an excellent mid-range game and has the potential to be a bigtime scorer when given the chance . Really excels defensively and has a chance to develop into a great defender.His anticipation for steals and his on ball defensive ability are special Solid passer who shows the ability to play the point guard position.
Westbrook, who was named second team All-NBA last season, has career averages of 17.9 points, seven assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. By the end of the 2010-11 campaign he became one of five NBA players to record 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds through his first three seasons, joining LeBron James, Chris Paul, Anfernee Hardaway and Oscar Robertson. With high hopes for the NBA playoffs, OKC counts on his ability to drive the ball and make plays for his teammates. Featured in some of the free NBA tips provided, Westbrook proved to be a solid player also for all the NBA fantasy teams.
Westbrook is averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and five rebounds per game this season, and this week he was named one of 20 finalists to play for the U.S. during the 2012 Olympics in London