Who is Russell Westbrook and what is his net worth 2018? There is one thing about Russell Westbrook that could serve as an inspiration to all. He was an underdog. To put it better, a wildcard. Unlike most of the NBA stars, Russell wasn’t one of those college basketballers who caught everbody’s eye. Through hardwork and dedication, he made his way to the top of the NBA and since then, he hasn’t slipped up even one bit.
Russell was born in the year 1988 in Long Beach, California. He wasn’t the tallest kid nor the most talented kid. In fact, it was only during his last schooling year that he was first called up to the basketball team. By then, he had reached a decent height of 6ft, 3 inches. Despite impressive performances during his senior year, Russell didn’t grab the headlines. Therefore, getting a college to play for was hard for him.
Eventually, Ben Howland offered him a scholarship to play with the UCLA Bruins. At UCLA, he was primarily used as a defensive player. In 2008 when the Oklahoma City Thunders picked him, that’s when his career really took off. Until then, he had always played the role of an understudy. At Oklahoma, the point-guard who now began playing a more offensive role finished second behind future MVP, Derrick Rose, in the Rookie of the Year standings.
He used that as a springboard for his confidence levels and by the year 2013 he started winning laurels. The humble, hardworking boy from California has featured in the NBA All-Star Team on six different occasions, winning the All-Star Game MVP honour twice in the process. Over the last few seasons, he has taken his game to a whole new level, perhaps reaching the pinnacle of his career. His personal life got a lot better in 2015 when he married his college sweetheart, Nina Earl.
Education: Russell Westbrook Junior and Shannon Harton enrolled Russell in Leuzinger High School, Long Beach, California. He earned his first calling to the basketball team in his senior year. Ben Howland, an American Basketball Coach, identified Westbrook as a talent and offered him a scholarship to play for UCLA Bruins. This proved to be a pivotal point in his career as until then, not many colleges were looking at him. He then stayed and played at UCLA till 2008, where he was primarily used as a defensive bench player.
Russell Westbrook Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $55 million. Out of the wealthy players currently playing, Russell Westbrook is one of the few players who is under the age of 30. Other big names such as Chris Paul, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade etc. are all well above this age bracket. Recently, he signed an $86 Million deal with Oklahoma City Thunders, according to which he gets nearly $28.5 Million as salary.
He holds deals with Nike’s Jordan Brand that released its first shoe in the year 2015. Such sponsorships and endorsement deals contribute a decent chunk to his net wealth. In the Forbes list of the World’s highest earning athletes (2016), he placed 52nd. In the same year, he also appeared in Forbes 30-Under 30, Sports Category.
The most impressive of all of his physical assets is his house. In 2015, he purchased a huge contemporary styled mansion located at Los Angeles from Scott Disick for a sum of $4.65 million. He has ownership of a few other impressive assets. In California, he owns a car dealership that sells high-end brands such as Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Chrysler.
The cars he drives though are a bit more posch. A Lamborghini Aventador acts his social status, while for his family’s needs he also own a Subaru SUV.
The business model of a basketballer is quite straightforward. Salary, sponsorships/endorsements and then come all the other deals. Russell follows a very similar structure. His line of shoes, sold by Nike, is a major source of revenue for him, something which not every basketballer holds to his/her name. Apart from Nike, his other notable deals are with Subway and Zenith watches.