Russell Westbrook, the modern day Oscar Robertson, has hit for five straight triple-doubles to bring his career total to 102. On March 13th Westbrook, joined The Big O (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) as the only other players in NBA history with at least 100 triple-doubles.
He’s added two more since then against the Clippers and the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.
Russell Westbrook finished with his fifth-straight triple-double (37 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists) to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a win over the Toronto Raptors. Find more exclusive sports coverage: http://bleacherreport.com/ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/BleacherReport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bleacherreport Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bleacherreport
Westbrook is playing in the era of digital downloads, metric madness and more equals more. His style of play is frenetic, captivating to any fan and his numbers are 2k video game worthy.
We might as well start the countdown to The Big O’s career record now. Westbrook really has no competition as far as that is concerned. The 2016-2017 KIA NBA MVP remains the active leader with about 50 percent more triple-doubles than LeBron and three times more than James Harden has compiled. So nobody will be catching him from behind in this generation. Hes basically shadow boxing with himself.
With Russell Westbrook reaching 100 career triple-doubles in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the Atlanta Hawks, SportsCenter takes a look back at the most important of those triple-doubles on his way to joining Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd in the 100 club.
In his first season after KD left to go chip-hunt with Golden State following the 2015-16 season, Westbrook had more triple-doubles (42) than he did in his first eight seasons combined (37).
He hasnt slowed down since. After a rocky start to this season, he has racked up a league-high 23 triple-doubles, eight ahead of King James. Westbrook still has 10 games left to play and the 23 triple-doubles already ranks him in the Top 10 all-time for a single season.
So even in a down year, Russ is Top 10. What makes Westbrooks stat-stuffing even more remarkable is that he has accomplished all of this after just a decade in the game. The guy MJ once said was the closest thing to him has also proved that he can still get triple-doubles with two other ball-dominant future Hall of Famers playing alongside him in Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.
Before Russell Westbrook, MJ was the last player with a streak of 5 straight triple-doubles. Russ has now done it THREE times.
Westbrook will turn 30 on Nov. 12, and the most triple-doubles after reaching that age is 61 by Wilt Chamberlain.