Photo: Russell Westbrook on the Rise

Russell WestbrookPhoto by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 138

You named him Russell “Wild, Wild” Westbrook, but let’s be honest… that’s never going to catch on. Instead of using bandwidth on choosing a nickname, let’s focus on dude’s game. His third season in the L will almost certainly be a breakout year, as the Thunder rise to the cream of the Western Conference crop. Pay close attention to him now, before Westbrook’s risen to All-Star status.