May 24, 2013
Former UCLA standout Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has earned second-team All-NBA honors for the third consecutive season, garnering 306 votes (20 first-team votes), as announced on Thursday by the NBA.
Westbrook secured the second-highest "second-team" vote total among all NBA players.
Westbrook, who competed at UCLA in 2006-07 and 2007-08, suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee in the postseason on April 24. The former UCLA standout tore his meniscus in game two of Oklahoma City's first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Westbrook underwent season-ending surgery on April 27.
In both of his playoff games for Oklahoma City, he averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals in 34.0 minutes per game. Westbrook shot 41.5 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
Game 3 of the series between Oklahoma City and Houston marked the first contest that Westbrook missed during his five-year NBA career (all with Oklahoma City). He has played in all 394 regular-season games and had played in 45 playoff games prior to Game 3.
Westbrook has started for Oklahoma City throughout his five-year career, except for the first 17 games at the start of the 2008-09 season. Westbrook's streak of 394 consecutive games played during the regular season is the longest current streak in the NBA.
Oklahoma City eliminated Houston from the first-round playoff series, 4-2, before falling in five games to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals.
During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, Westbrook started all 82 games and helped Oklahoma City secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with a 60-22 overall record. The Thunder won the Northwest Division for the third consecutive year.
Westbrook led Oklahoma City in assists (7.4 apg, No. 7 in the NBA) and steals (1.77 spg, No. 9), was second in minutes played (34.9 mpg) and second in scoring (23.2 ppg, No. 6 in the NBA). He was the fourth-leading rebounder on the team (5.2 rpg)
Except for the final regular season game, when Westbrook played only seven minutes, he scored in double figures every contest, including 15 games of 30 or more points. During the regular season, Westbrook had one triple-double (March 30), totaling 23 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. He also logged 15 double-doubles of points/assists and six double-doubles of points/rebounds.
During his two-year UCLA career (2006-08), Westbrook played on two NCAA Final Four teams. As a sophomore starting guard in 2007-08, Westbrook helped UCLA set its single-season wins record (35-4 overall mark). He played in 75 games over two seasons, averaging 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Westbrook currently ranks No. 1 on the Bruins' single-season minutes record list, having logged 1,318 minutes in 39 games in 2007-08.
Westbrook, who played in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, was selected fourth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. Prior to the start of his rookie season, the Seattle franchise moved to Oklahoma City.