OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook has been named to the 2019 All-Star Game as a reserve. He joins Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Paul George, who was selected as an All-Star starter last week.
Westbrook is currently leading the NBA in assists (10.8), while leading the team in rebounding (10.9). He is second on the team behind George in scoring (21.7). If these numbers hold up, Westbrook will have averaged for an unprecedented triple-double for the third consecutive season. He would also lead the NBA in assists for a second consecutive season.
He is currently second in the NBA in steals at 2.29 per game, behind George at 2.33. Both Westbrook and George rank in the top-five in deflections per game at 3.6 and 3.7 respectively.
Westbrook missed the first two games of the year due to an offseason knee procedure. He sustained a sprained ankle in the ninth game of the year and missed the following six games.
Other All-Star reserves named are Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Karl Anthony-Towns and LaMarcus Aldridge from the Western Conference. Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry, Kris Middleton, Nikola Vucevic, Ben Simmons and former Oklahoma Sooner Blake Griffin round out the stars from the Eastern Conference.
This is Westbrook’s eight All-Star appearance dating back to the 2010-11 season. It will also mark his fifth consecutive time as a participant in the All-Star game. During the 2013-14 season, Westbrook missed 36 games due to injury and was not selected as an All-Star.
He is now tied with Kevin Durant for most All-Star games as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.