Russell Westbrook nominated for NBA's community assist award

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Westbrook nominated for NBA's community assist award originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

While Russell Westbrook was making history on the court this season, he was also making an impact off of it and due to his charitable efforts has been nominated for the NBA's 2020-21 Community Assist Award. He's one of 10 nominees for the annual award, which he won for the first time back in 2014-15.

Here are the 10 nominees: 

  • DeAndre' Bembry, Raptors

  • Devin Booker, Suns

  • Joel Embiid, Sixers

  • Jrue Holiday, Bucks

  • Damian Lillard, Blazers

  • Patty Mills, Spurs

  • Donovan Mitchell, Jazz

  • Larry Nance Jr., Cavs

  • Josh Richardson, Mavs

  • Russell Westbrook, Wizards

Westbrook was nominated this season for a long list of community initiatives. He helped launch an academy in south Los Angeles for children in need, he worked with the L.A. regional food bank to donate Thanksgiving meals, he had a sneaker giveaway at The Children's Guild charter school in D.C., he joined forces with Varo Bank to help promote financial literacy in underserved communities and also produced a documentary about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that aired on the History Channel.

Westbrook would be the third Wizards player to win the Community Assist Award in the last six years, joining John Wall (2015-16) and Bradley Beal (2018-19). The winner this year will receive $25,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

Fan voting will help determine the winner. Fans can vote on social media using the player's Twitter handle and the hashtag #NBACommunityAssist. They can also download the app Jebbit to vote. Voting runs through June 19.