Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 2:39 pm  |  249 responses

What’s My Name?

Russell Westbrook needs one.

Standing 6-3, Russell Russell WestbrookWestbrook isn’t the most intimidating of players—until he steps on the court. Besides Kevin Durant and the rest of the Thunder’s young squad (check SLAM 138 if you haven’t), RW runs the point for a high-energy offense. He averaged 16.1 ppg and 8 apg during the regular season and is a major reason why the Thunder went from 23 to 50 in the win column since his arrival from UCLA in ’08. The dude is balling and we need a nickname to accommodate him.

Whoever has the best nickname will win a dope prize from the SLAM vault and get their name in Trash Talk next month.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Russell the Hustle.

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  • B

    RW tha Bounce or RW or RW Bounce

  • Pete45

    The Thunder from Down Under

  • Bryan S

    Lightning…cause you cant have thunder without lightning

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Hopefully whatever you pick wont be as bad as Durantula. That has to be the worst nickname ever. Call him Russell Fish Fry because of the way he ate Derek Fisher for lunch in the first round.

  • Nigel

    The Power Guard

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    Crazy Hairpin…. Because of his once-crazy ‘dos, and the hairpin curve on racecourses which looks like what he is navigating when dribbling around defenders!

  • ampd

    Zeus! because he controls the thunder hahahahhaa

  • nicko


  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “The Prelude” for two reasons. One – we ain’t seen nothing yet. As good as he’s been, this is just the prelude here. And two – from the Jay-Z track “The Prelude” off the Kingdom Come where he spits “A little bit of everything, a new improved Russell.” He was talking about Russell Simmons, I know, but Westbrook sure as hell does a little bit (or more!) of everything!

  • Brent Rothman

    West coast customs because of all that crazy ish he used to do to his hair hahaha

  • peter

    Lightning Legs

  • http://aol.com Rj

    Russell “Wild” Westbrook
    Russell “Wild Wild” Westbrook

  • The Philosopher

    Russell “The Maestro” Westbrook.

  • robert stewart

    The Perfect Storm (thunder)

  • http://aol.com RUN’N'GUN219

    LDR4- what are you talking bout? The Durantula is the coldest nickname in the league.

  • Nghiem

    Mr. Why Not

  • alexz


  • alexz

    wild west

  • alexz

    mighty mouse

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Agent Zero

  • matt

    Russell fast forward westbrook

  • drapd23

    something like jolt, bolt, high voltatge,streak,hi-light,

  • Neon

    1. v. To sprint, to outspeed the competition.
    2. n. Hyphen, to connect hybrid terms (ex. scorer-distributor, shooter-slasher).
    3. N. A clothing store in Calabasas, CA. Also, setting of scenes that show Lamar Odom in embarassing situations.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Russell “Stringer” Westbrook

  • TaranvirSandhu

    Jet Zero

  • TaranvirSandhu

    Russell”Hustle” Westbrook

  • TaranvirSandhu


  • jammal o

    the dinosaur his face look like one

  • nowyouknow

    Sparticus. cause he looks like a gladiator and it just sounds cool as a nickname.

  • Boss Bailey

    Brooks Adrenaline

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bungie Cord

  • Dai

    Hustle Fastbreak

  • J-RO

    Ninja Turtle

  • Dillan

    Snake Plissken

  • Simmy Sosa

    Based on the way he torches everyone you put on him (D. Fish will cosign), I think Russell “The Burner” Westbrook is most appropriate.

  • maclovenotwar


  • http://slamonline.com Z


    (0 degree celcius). Shakes on dudes leaves them frozen. with his speed to.

  • Rich

    Bolt Captain Brook

  • maclovenotwar

    man, cool mortal combat ref as well

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Bodie Brodus

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Bodie Broadus

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Z IS BACK?! Or is it just T-Money?

  • maclovenotwar

    can eric maynor be poot?

  • k

    How about The Running Man — “Hey Killian…Here is Sub-Zero…Now, Plain Zero!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com doyouwantmore

    Agent Orange

  • Michael

    I totally agree with Mr. Why Not. He’s proven all his skeptics wrong, and the reason is because he keeps asking himself “Why not?” It’s on his wrist, let’s give it to his as his name.

    True Westbrook fans, holla. Why not?

  • Valentin Faure from France

    Wild Wild West

  • Valentin Faure from France

    Ground Zero to Iron

  • matt

    “the weatherman” or “dubya”

  • david

    ‘The Hustle’

  • the winner

    General Spalding

  • sample

    webby – he is the web of the durantula

  • Shadojoker

    Thunder-cat (kinda looks like one too),strong athletic and brings excitement to the league..

  • Lincoln

    Thunder of the West

  • Hussman25

    Bolt or Bugs

  • Hussman25

    One last one… The Joker

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre


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  • Snowflake

    The Bruising Bruin

  • Hussman25

    SN: His dribble in the picture is high as hell!!! No carry or palming called here… SMH.

  • Jax

    I think Why N0t is the perfect streetball name. Skip 2 My Lou, Why N0t, Hot Sauce – it just fits.

    I also like:
    West Coast
    True Blood
    La La

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Fresh Wes…

  • KBoogie201

    Russell “Wizard of” Westbrook

  • http://www.nevergraduateclothing.com Kevin M

    Danger Russ, say it out loud boyyo.

  • 6marjons

    Hussle Thunder

  • Scary_Larry

    Wild West or Subzero are to me the best names so far listed. Lightening works well too, but I mean Russell deserves a better nickname than Lightening. He also is Mr. Why Not in someways.

    A nickname should not tie a player to any team or location. It should be based upon the player and his skill set and what he will be remembered for.

    “Second to None” -S.T.N. but it does not flow.

  • http://banthony131@yahoo.com bryan

    “Mr. West.” From Kanye’s song heard em say.

  • MB

    Danger Russ is the most catchy to me.lol

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth


  • sk

    russell “in an instant” westbrook

  • brandon R. brown

    westbrooks name should be Zeus

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Major Tom

  • http://slamonline.com Petros Stavrakis


  • http://slamonline.com Petros Stavrakis

    the little russell

  • frank

    Zeus would actually be quite cool.

  • http://www.nba.com Tj Delaney


  • benny

    speed stick

  • andy

    Mot my Idea, but Westcrook is my favorite. For all those awesome steals.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Rustle Westbrook

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    RW0, because using initials and their number makes for awesome nicknames

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    Hustlin N Russelin

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    i meant Russelin N Hustlin N Brooklyn :P

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    Russelin and Hustlin n Brooklyn

  • supaboywonda

    agent west or mr. zero

  • hoodsnake


  • http://Slamonline Spencer Swisher


  • Zach C.


  • ming

    numero uno

  • David

    “Sub-zero” because Westbrook is cold blooded when he youtubes on guys.

  • Bana


  • Bana


  • james

    0 to 60 in 2.5

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    russell dazzle

  • http://none Bender

    how about Agent Aether (Aether was the god of the upper air in greek mythology)

  • haters hate

    thor- god of thunder!

  • Twinparadox

    Russell “almost dunked on two 7 footers” Westbrook

    Danger Russ seems well put

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    I have been waiting for this nickname contest. In the first round against the Lakers when he jumped over everyone, I dubbed him: MEGAMAN. He has mad hops like mega man and he can shoot the rock (although his accuracy reminds me of an 8-bit video game). MEGAMAN!

  • Robb

    Valentin Faure from France nailed it Wild Wild West is the best nick

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    The Kangaroo

  • Roy

    Thunderin Russel from the Wild, Wild, West

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Frog Face

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think Bodie Broadus is more accurate, but Zeus is a crazy nice nickname.

  • Adrian Dolinay

    the lightning bolt

  • http://jamma.webs.com Najee Fareed

    Storm Bruin

  • deano


  • I

    Russel “Pikachu” Westbrook

  • deano

    “jet zero” gets my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RunningBrave

    Russell “Athletic”

  • Carl Monroy

    Torque: power & speed

  • atmos

    russell westbrook > russ breakthrough

  • thalilbigkahuna

    Russell “Whiz Kid” Westbrook….. but I think Zeus would be sick too.


    Russell Hussle Westbrook, or Hussle Russle, or even Russell Tussle


    Russell Hustle Westbrook, or Hustle Russle, or even Russell Tussle


    Eye Of The Storm

  • Willson Klein


  • JayChau

    Jack Russell

  • http://banthony131@gmail.com bryan

    “The Ninja Turtle” because he looks like one and he has sick moves like one.

  • Brett Faucher

    Russell “Shock Value” Westbrook!!!

  • Dominique


  • vtrobot

    If it comes naturally, is part of the person’s name, and makes sense, give the nickname (i.e Durantula – dude has super long limbs like a spider). The forced nicknames that involve initials and numbers are lame. Is is too hard or does it take to much time to say “russell” or “westbrook” or “russell westbrook”? let’s call him “Muscle Chestnook.”

  • Justin

    Russell “E.T.” Westbrook

  • Shaun McDonald

    “Battle Toad” or just “Toad” because he is a sick leaper and for his obvious facial features.

    “The Catalyst”
    “The Conductor” this ones my fav cuz its a play on electricity and his point guard skills; The Conductor!

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO


  • http://xtownwr11@aol.com Eric Salter II

    West Coast Road Runner. On the account that RW was a UCLA and the fact that he keeps Wiley Coyotes (NBA Players)vlook a fool on the court… Beep Beep

  • http://xtownwr11@aol.com Eric Salter II

    West Coast Road Runner. On the account that RW was a UCLA and the fact that he keeps Wiley Coyotes (NBA Players)vlook a fool on the court… Beep Beep

  • http://xtownwr11@aol.com Eric Salter II

    West Coast Road Runner. On the account that RW was a UCLA and the fact that he keeps Wiley Coyotes (NBA Players) look a fool on the court… Beep Beep***


    Thunder Blunder

  • D Mitch


  • karley and kourtney

    “Russel The Muscle”

  • http://slamonline luis bass

    Russy Mac Nasty

  • http://slamonline luis bass

    Russy Mac Nasty

  • Owen B.

    Russ the Bus; Cuz he just took you to school

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Brooke Shields

  • mattyp32

    The Wizard of Westbrook…

    Just a nice little UCLA reference and tribute to John Wooden.

  • Ben Cantor

    “The Undeniable”

  • http://counterkicks.com Q-Tip

    Wicked Brook

  • http://slamonline.com Petros Stavrakis

    the little man

  • mickey seelye

    This one has nothing to do with location, although it may seem that way. Russell “Cyclone” Westbrook. When I see this guy attack the basket it looks like a Cyclone just came through.

  • Ashley

    Zero Gravity

  • Ashley

    Zero Gravity

  • Ashley

    Zero Gravity

  • srmpitt15

    Ground Zero, lightning, or Wrook.

  • srmpitt15

    Ground Zero, lightning, or Wrook.


    The Oklahoma City Wonder

  • Deep

    Jet Zero

  • Tyler Sayre

    Wizard of the Westbrook

  • Tyler Sayre

    Just a little tribute to John Wooden (RIP).

  • http://Google.com Poster


    1. Sub-zero
    2. Whyn0t
    3. The weatherman
    4. Mr. West
    5. Ground zero
    6. Westside
    7. The Bus

    Are the best 7 nicknames that have been mentioned. I’d be happy if he ended up with any one of these names.

  • Ryan K

    Russell “Recluse” Westbrook… because he is the deadly sidekick to Durantula.


    Russell “The Widow Maker” Westbrook… a play on Black Widow and Durantula.

  • zion davis

    the reason

  • Albert

    “Father Nature”

  • Jeremiah Carter

    Hussell WestCook

  • Ali Saadat

    Russell “Bolt” Westbrook, it just fits.

  • Cody Walker


  • Josh m

    Eye of the storm

  • Gilberto J.

    The Underdog– ’cause no one expected him to be that great

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    The Oklahoma City Bomber

  • http://www.myspace.com/stownsenda Bryson Townsend

    Hustle Westcrook

  • http://gmail.com Gunnar

    Bruin Bomber

  • DP Will

    Russell “Pure Muscle” Westbrook because his body looks like it has no body fat or bones…just “pure muscle”…

  • Bret kunzi

    Zero the hero

  • Bret kunzi

    Zero the hero. It’s about time he gets a name

  • Nicholas

    Russell “Westpoint 0″ Westbrook

  • Frank F2 Foster

    Brooks Brotha

  • Frank F2 Foster

    Russell “2nd Option” Westbrook

    Russell “Westbrook Brotha”

  • Aviel Shirian

    The Fast and Furious

  • zach m


  • zach m

    dr rw sidekick

  • Brendan Wills

    Russell Dunks A Lot

  • anthonyvu

    West Rook
    because he was one of the best rookies in the west coast and fastbreaks from one side of the court to the other side like a rook in chess

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  • http://sosohood brian lee

    Russell westbrook name sould be THE DIFFERENCE because make it differen game on floor because fast and strong.


    Abosolute Zero-cuz how other people freeze when he burned them on a basketball play
    Zero Deniro-After he makes other people pay, they’re going to have Zero Deniros

  • han chung

    ‘ThundeRuss’ cause he’s Russ, he has thunderous dunks and he plays for the thunders.

  • Timothy Pete

    The Good Brooke….Like the Good Book aka the Bible n also cause his moves are a blessing from above
    Rolling Thunder cause he never stops going
    Russell NoBrick
    Wild Wild Westbrook cause he’s in OKC
    Russell WestBruin

  • Kurt Mallory

    ankle brooker

    like ankle breaker because he’s got good crossovers

  • http://slamonline.com Shane Rich

    Zero Gravity KD’s ASSISTant Zero Tollerence Russell (The Dime) Westbrook

  • http://slamonline.com Shane Rich

    Russell (ATHLETIC) Westbrook

  • http://slamonline.com Mitzi Rich

    (No Look) Westbrook or (The Assistant) or Russell (The Crook) Westbrook

  • Aristotle

    Russell “The Breeze” Westbrook. Just like a Breeze… that’s how Russell moves on the court.

  • http://slamonline.com David Commander

    Russell Leftshook, cuz he leaves defenders shook
    Hustle Bestshook
    Hustle Restshook
    Hustle Getshook
    Hustle Textbook = A textbook pg that takes you to school

  • timmy

    Russ Hour!!

  • http://aol.com Martin Fenn

    Dunkaroo: Because his crazy kangaroo hops and athleticism let him do dunks most guards cant do

  • http://jordyb12@embarqmail.com jdogg23

    Westbrook’s Thunder

  • http://jordyb12@embarqmail.com jdogg23

    OKC go 0-gravity

  • Kenny D

    At UCLA, I nicknamed Russ “The West Kept Secret”…I think that name still works!

  • http://kraintz@uoregon.edu Stew Kraintz

    Quiet Storm

  • http://??? Karl Ma

    Long Beach Express ’cause that’s where he’s from and he’s hella fast.

  • matt

    the weatherman!!!

  • matt

    and he’s predicting a lot of thunder every time he steps in to the court!!!

  • elijah joseph


  • mari

    “lighting thunder bolt westbrook”
    lighting= extreme quickness
    thunder= the team he plays for and also what he brings the the court
    westbrook= last name obviously



  • http://okcthunderfans.com Jimmy E.

    Russell “PURE NUMBERS” Westbrook.

    Because so many people dogged him, saying he wasn’t a “PURE” point guard, while he was steadily putting up NUMBERS.

  • Ced Bledsoe

    Let’s see:
    -He’s from the Westside, Cali to be exact
    -When everybody else is down, he’s still tryna kill the ENTIRE other team
    -Smaller, but definitely the leader, in the heart department
    -His number is zero
    Drumroll plz for……….

  • Justin P

    RW0 or WHYNOT?

  • Andrew

    the human pogo stick

  • Andres

    Run OKC

  • David Emmanuelle Castillo

    Nickname would have to be “That Lil Rustle From Down Under.” I think the name fits him cuz he and the Thunder made some NOYZ as the 8th seed in the playoffs and they sure do look promising in years to come. Btw thanks for showing them sum luv in ish 138.

  • vincent snyder

    nickname will have to be lightening. B/c lightening and thinder go together,You can’t have one w/ out the other.

  • Aaliyah

    Wild Wild Russ

  • http://www.esdeem.com Domon

    His number’s zero, and when the pressure’s on, like in the playoffs against the Lakers, he remains cool, so I thought of Absolute Zero. Still, that’s one that could be turned around too easy.

    How about Ravage? It’s what he does to the other team, in one way or another. Plus, for those of us who grew up in the 1980s, we know Ravage is good at getting through defenses.

  • smooth operator

    3.zero gravity
    5.eye of the storm

    The Oklahoma City Bomber lol thats mest up

  • http://okcthunderfans.com Jimmy E.

    I kinda think this Russell “Athletic” deal could stick.

  • Leead Negri

    I suggest “Brooke-No-Look” for his great passes and dazzling speed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/contests Ashley Hewing

    I think Russell’s nickname should be Lightning Bolt, West Crook, Electric Shock or It Aint Brookin If You Got It

  • Delano L. Williamson

    I submit the nickname “Bad Intentions” because when he skies for a dunk it’s with bad intentions.

  • jo

    west 0

  • jo

    wild west

  • Craig Newbern

    Shutter Island — If you’re not careful, you’ll get caught on the business end of a posterization.

  • JWW

    The Storm
    The Roller Coaster
    General West
    Go Get’em

  • dk saint

    how bout “point zero” or “Southwest Zerolines”.

  • dk saint

    instant 0′meal

  • wally

    Russel Westbrook
    “New Look”

  • Jon Riggs

    Runnin’ Weezy

  • J.Spadez

    “C2C”(coast to coast)
    Russel “Shift” Westbrook

  • Tommy Rothman

    The wild, wild west

  • Tommy Rothman

    the itsy bitsy spider (cuz KD is “durantula”)

  • Emily Nomura

    The Wild West

  • Bobby Dhaliwal


  • Terryn

    Hop Scotch

  • Zac Werre

    Russell “Westshook”

  • Eugene Puno

    Russell “Got the West Shook” Westbrook. Westbrook is just leaving all the doubters shook up with his explosiveness at the point and if that Facial on Lamar Odom in game 3 of the first round of the playoffs doesn’t convince the doubters then idk what will, The Lakers as well as the rest of the west will be fearful of a first round match-up agains K.D., Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder for several years to come.

  • gani

    “The Russell Westbrook Experience” because opposing teams always, always, go through this when they face the Thunder. And that’s what I always say when I’m beating my friends in 2K10 using the Thunder.

  • Lachlan Glennie

    The Hurricane

  • unrel

    “Hustle, so Russell”…

  • http://slamonline.com Petros Stavrakis

    lucky westluke

  • trey james

    0G fo the fact that he elevates seamlessly, but pronounced o.g. cuz he’s the most physical guy they got

  • Cooper Lantefield

    The Energizer Bunny

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/ICUE08 Brandon Sommers


  • http://MYSPACE.COM/ICUE08 Brandon Sommers


  • http://9386P.R.632Fred.OH.44627 Dalen

    Russell(muscle man)Westbrook

  • zion davis

    1. the reason 2.the difference 3.air westbrook 4.the thunder thats younger

  • Jeremy Saffore


  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    Bolt.. Enough Said

  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    Bolt Enough Said

  • Weston

    Sky Blue
    because UCLAs and OKCs colors

  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    Russell need for speed westbrook

  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    Russell def jam westbrook

  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    Russell fed westbrook

  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    Russell rushbrook

  • http://slamonline.com katrina

    U p west kuz he delievrs

  • tyrone paylor

    russel “no look” westbrook….cuz of his 8 assists that he averages per game

  • Bisso

    the rusty west player

  • Jeremy O

    “Russell Sprouts” cuz the guy has hops and you know he didnt pass on his veggies

    “Mr. By-his-self-he-so-impressed”- from the Kanye song Good Morning, cuz he ignored all the haters

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks for all the great entries. Winner will be announced in SLAM 141, on sale soon.

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