Report: Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook to debut vs. Toronto Raptors in Japan


Russell Westbrook is expected to debut with the Houston Rockets when the team takes on the Toronto Raptors in a pair of October pre-season games in Japan, according to The Athletic.

Westbrook, per The Athletic will sit out Houston’s first two preseason games. The Rockets and Raptors’ pre-season games in Japan will be played at the Saitama Super Arena on Oct. 8 and 10.

The 30-year-old Westbrook, one half of the star duo the Rockets have in himself and James Harden, was acquired by Houston in an off-season trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He spent the previous 11 seasons of his career with the Thunder, who drafted him the first-round (fourth overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft.

A former league MVP (2017) and eight-time All-star, Westbrook has averaged 23.0 points per game, 8.4 assists and 7.0 rebounds over his career.