• Westbrook, a second-year player, averaged 16.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 34.3 minutes per game.

  • It was the second consecutive season that Westbrook played in all 82 games.

  • Westbrook ranked seventh in the league in assists and ninth among guards in rebounding.

  • Westbrook recorded 24 double-doubles for the season.

  • Westbrook scored 20 or more points in 24 games and had 28 double-figure assist games.

  • Westbrook set a career-high with 16 assists in a 116-108 win over Minnesota on April 4.

  • Westbrook registered his second career triple-double in a Feb. 21 win over the Timberwolves with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.

  • With zero turnovers in a Jan. 2 game against Milwaukee, Westbrook recorded the most assists (13) without a turnover, in franchise history since 2001.

  • Westbrook didn't commit a single turnover in six games this season.

  • Westbrook participated in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge and Youth Jam at All-Star Weekend and led all scorers with 40 points on 18-for-29 shooting. He also participated in the All-Star Skills Challenge the following night.

  • Westbrook earned Western Conference player of the week honors in the first week of February.

  • Westbrook averaged 18.8 points, 10.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds in February.

Russell Westbrook was ready to take the next step in his evolution as a professional point guard from the moment his rookie season ended.

That’s why nary a day went by that Westbrook didn’t pick up a basketball or a weight during the offseason, whether he was back at home in L.A., spending time with the Thunder coaching staff, participating in two summer leagues or competing at a Team USA minicamp.

In training camp alone, Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks said that Westbrook has shown improvements in his decision making, court spacing and play-making ability.

During Westbrook’s successful rookie season, Brooks always said that he judged Westbrook’s development on a month-to-month basis, not by the game or the week. With that said, the Thunder coaching staff saw steady improvements in Westbrook’s game since day one. It’s one way to explain why he captured a pair of Rookie of the Month awards last season, because Westbrook never had anything handed to him.

He didn’t crack the starting lineup on his high school basketball team until his junior year. He wasn’t a member of the UCLA Bruins’ starting five until his sophomore season. And he started his rookie season here coming off the bench.

Westbrook showed flashes of everything as a rookie.

His defense, athleticism and quickness are qualities that helped him land high on the radar of NBA scouts.

Westbrook has an uncanny way of getting to the basket. His sudden bursts of explosiveness make him look like a slingshot.

His man-to-man defense can be something taken from the page of a “How To” manual.

Westbrook, chosen with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, was also selected to participate in the Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.