Russell Westbrook is officially averaging a tripe-double through 19 games. After putting up 27 points, 14 assists and 18 rebounds in a win over the Knicks, Westbrook’s season numbers sit at 30.9, 11.3, and 10.3 nearly a quarter of the way through the season. He has had a triple-double in three straight games, four out of the last six games, and eight times total this season.
Westbrook had 18 triple doubles last season and is currently on pace for somewhere around 32 this year which would be the second-most of any player in a single season. Oscar Robertson did it 41 times in the 1961-1962 season when he averaged a triple-double. Wilt Chamberlain did it 31 times during the ’73-’74 season.
Mind boggling stuff. So how about the fact that Westbrook is averaging 10.3 rebounds a game as a 6-foot-3 point guard? He’s 12th in the NBA in rebounds per game, ahead of guys like Karl-Anthony Towns (9.5), Blake Griffin (8.7), Draymond Green (8.6), and Paul Milsap (8.1). The only other guards in the top 40 right now are 6’2″ Avery Bradley and 6’5″ James Harden.
What Westbrook is doing is a cross between LeBron James and Allen Iverson. He’s carrying an insane workload and keeping the Thunder in the playoff hunt. OKC has played the most games in the NBA (Portland has also played 19 games) and they have the 11th-best winning percentage in the league.
It seems completely insane to think that Westbrook could somehow keep this up for another five months, but if he does, it would have to rank up there as one of the greatest seasons ever. Not just because of the statistical accomplishments, but the fact that his team is actually winning more games than they’re losing.