Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game in the 2020-21 NBA season. With last night’s big win over the Indiana Pacers, he has accomplished another feat: a guaranteed triple-double average this season. It’s also his FOURTH triple-double average in the last FIVE YEARS.
Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double in a season for the fourth time in his career.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 4, 2021
This stat is wild pic.twitter.com/DDt4BNXvZG
Only one player has ever reached a triple-double average in one season: Oscar Robertson.
I don’t care if the Wizards are 10th in the East fighting for a play-in game berth, are first in the East or 15th. Averaging a triple-double for an entire season is no easy feat, especially when one is in his 30s. Yet Westbrook is playing at a really high level and “Father Time” hasn’t set in.
Unfortunately, the narrative around Westbrook’s triple-doubles are that they are “empty calories.” He’s a stat-hog as some of the “haters” say. But again, it takes a very special player who has great court vision, a knack for rebounding and scoring to get these kinds of numbers. And it doesn’t hurt that the Wizards have remained relevant in the playoff conversation along the way.
Congratulations Brodie! And let’s surpass Big O’s career-record ... THIS SEASON!