Last season, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles for the third straight year, tallying an NBA-record 42 of them. More incredibly, he became only the second player to average a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game on way to being named the league’s MVP.
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Westbrook is still adjusting to playing alongside a couple of other offensive stars in new teammates Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and as a result hasn’t gotten off to the same red-hot start as last year. Still, he still has more than twice as many triple-doubles as any other player in the league, even after losing credit for one after the NBA took away a rebound, in what had been a 22 point, 10 rebound and 10 assist game versus the San Antonio Spurs.
Pursuing Westbrook’s total are wily veterans LeBron James and James Harden and a pair of much-ballyhooed rookies in Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball. James and Simmons have three triple-doubles to their credit this season, while Harden and Ball each have a pair.
Westbrook’s latest triple-double came on Saturday night in an overtime road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists. The Thunder’s leader currently tops the league in assists per game and is in the top twenty in both scoring and rebounds.
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Last season, Westbrook passed Fat Lever, LeBron James, Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain in career triple-doubles to move into fourth place all time. Next in No. 0’s sights is Jason Kidd’s tally of 107. Meanwhile, James is just a triple-double away from tying Larry Bird’s career total.