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SuperSonics draft Westbrook with fourth pick in ’08 Draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Russell Westbrook as the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played collegiate basketball for the UCLA Bruins.

Westbrook played two seasons for the Bruins before declaring for the Draft. This past season, he averaged 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 33.8 minutes in 39 games, including 34 starts.

Former UCLA Bruins guard Russell Westbrook looks to make a pass as O.J. Mayo pressures him against the USC Trojans in the first half of their Pac-10 Conference game
Russell Westbrook looks to make a pass as O.J. Mayo pressures him against the USC Trojans in the first half of their Pac-10 Conference game (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

As a freshman, he appeared in 36 games, including one start, for the Bruins during the 2006-07 season. He averaged 3.4 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 0.4 steals.

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The SuperSonics finished last in the Northwest Division with a 20-62 record. They were 34 games behind the Division-leading Utah Jazz, who had a 54-28 record.

Westbrook joins a team that had Eddie Gill, Luke Ridnour, Earl Watson, Mike Wilks, and Delonte West as the team’s point guards in 2007-08. The SuperSonics averaged 97.5 points per game.

Watson was the team’s fourth-leading scorer with his 10.7 points per game average. He joins a team that has a bright future.

Westbrook joins Kevin Durant, who was drafted by the team last summer. Durant led the team with 20.3 points per game average in his first season.

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These are two building pieces for a bright future for the SuperSonics. Or so they believe.

This was the SuperSonics’ first fourth-overall pick since the 1985 Draft. With the fourth overall pick in that draft, the team selected Xavier McDaniel.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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