Russell Westbrook was the fourth overall pick by Seattle in the 2008 NBA Draft. He spent 11 seasons with the Thunder prior to being acquired via trade by Houston on 7/16/19. Westbrook was named MVP in 2016-17 and is a nine-time All-Star. He earned All-NBA First Team honors twice, Second Team five times, and Third Team twice, including with Houston in 2019-20. Over his final 38 games played as a Rocket in 2019-20, Westbrook averaged 30.0 points on 50.2% shooting and scored 20-plus points in a league-best 36 straight games from 12/7/19-8/4/20. He has the second-most triple-doubles (146) in NBA history and averaged a triple-double in three straight seasons from 2016-17 through 2018-19; Oscar Robertson is the only other player in league history to have averaged a triple-double once. Entering 2020-21, Westbrook averaged 23.2 points, 8.3 assists, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in 878 career games with 861 starts.
Westbrook was an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at UCLA. He averaged just 9.0 minutes played as a freshman, playing behind future NBA players Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo. As a sophomore, Westbrook averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 steals. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-Pac-10 honors. The Bruins made the Final Four in both of his seasons.