Russell Westbrook

Power 100 rank: 70
Rank last year: Unranked
Sport: NBA/Oklahoma City Thunder—PG
Age: 23
Most recent notable achievement: 2011 NBA All-Star
Earnings: $5,100,000
Key sponsors: Nike

Why he’s on the list: The dynamic scoring duo of Kevin Durant (No. 17) and Russell Westbrook announced themselves to the NBA two years ago, when their Oklahoma City Thunder nearly derailed the Los Angeles Lakers' championship run. This year the Thunder have one of the league’s best records (14-3 as of publication), and Westbrook’s quicksilver drives to the hoop and 20-point average are a big reason why. The Thunder rewarded Westbrook with an $80 million contract extension in mid-January.

Photograph by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
 
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