In 2017, Russell Westbrook became the 2nd player in NBA History to finish the season averaging a triple-double, en route to his MVP award. After averaging another triple-double last season, he looks on pace to average another triple-double this season.
Westbrook’s Historic Streak Stats:
11 GP (36.4 mpg) – 21.9 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 13.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.8 bpg, 42.5% FG
Now, he just claimed another triple-double record, cementing himself even further in the NBA’s history. Russell Westbrook’s streak of 11 straight triple-doubles was just snapped earlier against the Jazz, where he ultimately finished with an insane stat line of 43 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists, to go along with 2 steals and a block on an efficient 51.7% from the field. He fouled out with 1:09 left in OT, as Thunder sealed the 148-147 win in 2OT.
Westbrook’s triple-doubles have long been the subject of much debate, particularly to how he obtains his stats. It is well-known that Russ could go for 30 every night, but some claim that the rebounds and assists are “forced”. Westbrook has been known to stay near the basket as he hopes to grab the rebound, often leaving his matchup open, with Adams typically boxing the center out. The in-game advantage of this however, is that Westbrook can immediately start the fast break by using his speed and explosiveness and score, or kick it out to the trailing shooters.
What people overlook in the case of Westbrook’s triple-doubles, is that it leads to team success. Since the 2016-17 season, the OKC Thunder have won more than 60% of the games that Westbrook records a triple-double in. This season, his efficiency may be a problem, but his willingness to let Paul George do most of the scoring shows his selflessness, in contrast to how some people view him as a player. Westbrook is one of the greatest point guards we’ve ever seen play, and is definitely one of the most fun to watch.
This all but assures Westbrook will Average a Triple Double for an uncanny 3rd NBA Season. Amazing.