Kevin Durant left some pretty big shoes to fill when he traded his Oklahoma City Thunder jersey for a spot on the Golden State Warriors lineup in July 2016, but Russell Westbrook has stepped up as a team leader. He’s been on fire this season, scoring a whopping 51 points against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 28 and another 37 points against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 9.
Westbrook’s birthday is Nov. 12, and the NBA superstar will turn 28 years old. He gets the night off to celebrate, but his big day is flanked by home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena — a match against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 11 and one against the Orlando Magic on Nov. 13. Learn more about Russell Westbrook’s net worth and career highlights as he blows out the candles on his birthday cake.
Russell Westbrook Net Worth: $50 Million
In August 2016, Russell Westbrook signed a contract extension with OKC worth $85.6 million over three years — with every cent guaranteed, according to Spotrac. He’ll hit his salary cap each year, earning $26.5 million for the 2016-17 season, $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and $30.5 million for the 2018-19 season. His contract also includes an option that would allow him to become a free agent after the 2017-18 season if he chooses to do so. This new contract features a massive salary hike from his previous five-year, $78.6 million contract, which averaged $15.7 million per year.
When he’s not earning massive paychecks on the court, Russell Westbrook stays busy cashing in on his endorsements. In 2016, he’s slated to earn $9 million in endorsements, according to Forbes. Representing Nike since 2012, Westbrook landed his first signature shoe deal in 2015. The OKC star also scored deals with Zenith watches and Subway in 2014 and served as the creative director of True Religion’s 2015 spring campaign, as well as the star of its television ad.
Russell Westbrook’s Career Highlights
Unlike many NBA stars who bounce from team to team, Russell Westbrook has been with OKC since the start of his career in 2008, when the team was known as the Seattle SuperSonics. Since then, he’s received some of the league’s highest honors.
In 2016, Westbrook earned a spot on the All-NBA First Team and was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP in both 2015 and 2016. He received the Best Comeback Athlete ESPY Award in 2014 and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2009. He also placed fourth in the race for NBA MVP in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
In addition to his NBA honors, Russell Westbrook won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as part of the USA Basketball team. He was a finalist for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio but ultimately withdrew his name from consideration. The standout guard was also part of the 2010 USA Men’s FIBA World Championship team.
During the 2015-16 NBA season, Russell Westbrook finished second in the entire league for assists. He also came close to setting a record for triple-doubles, tying Magic Johnson’s score of 18 — one that hasn’t been surpassed in the past 40 years.
The 2016-17 season just started, so it’s too early to tell if this will be his best yet, but he’s already off to a strong start. So far, he’s averaging 31.1 points per game, 9.5 assists per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, crushing his respective career averages of 21.6, 7.6 and 5.6.
Russell Westbrook’s Charitable Giving
His annual salary is more than most people will earn in a lifetime, but Russell Westbrook has proven many times that his heart is just as big as his paycheck. After winning the MVP award for the 2015 All-Star Game, he was awarded a brand-new KIA SUV. Rather than keeping it for himself, he found an Oklahoma City mother in need and gifted the SUV to her.
A few months later in December 2015, he made a major — albeit undisclosed — donation to his alma mater, UCLA, to help fund its Mo Ostin Basketball Center Project, a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. As a show of gratitude for his generosity, the university announced plans to name the family’s practice floor Russell Westbrook Court. Before he was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2008, he played on the UCLA men’s basketball team for two years.
In addition to his random acts of charitable giving, Russell Westbrook also has a charity of his own. Founded in 2012, the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation works with children facing adversity and inspires them to keep fighting.
Russell Westbrook’s Personal Life
In August 2015, Russell Westbrook married Nina Earl in a lavish, star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The couple met in college, when they both played basketball for UCLA. Prior to the wedding, Westbrook presented his now-wife with a $700,000 engagement ring, according to TMZ.
A few months after tying the knot, Westbrook and his wife purchased a $4.65 million mansion in the glitzy Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles. Previously owned by Scott Disick — a member of the Kardashian family — the 4,095-square-foot home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a saltwater swimming pool.
Also a savvy businessman, the NBA star has his own car dealership in Van Nuys, Calif. Opened in August 2016, the Russell Westbrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Van Nuys dealership currently has four stars on Yelp.