HIS HUSTLE MADE HIM THE LEADER OF THE NEW GUARDS.
The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar is considered by many to be the best pure athlete in the National Basketball Association — his spinning, swooping, fly-through-the-defense dunks are YouTube staples. Yet Russell Westbrook was cut from his high school team as a freshman. Just a few years later, he was a vital part of two consecutive UCLA Final Four teams. Westbrook was named an NBA All-Star four times and played on the U.S.’s gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic team. But he never forgot where he truly took off, and in 2015, he made the largest donation ever received from a former UCLA basketball player to help build the Mo Ostin Basketball Center on campus. “I jumped at the opportunity to give back to the university that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” says the Bruin great.