Russell Westbrook’s history-making, Kevin Durant-less season in Oklahoma City continues to astound, with the Thunder’s marquee man becoming just the third player in NBA history to record 20 triple-doubles in a season.
And we’ve only just passed the halfway mark.
Russell Westbrook is the 3rd player in NBA history with 20 triple-doubles in a season.
Oh by the way, the Thunder have 40 games remaining. pic.twitter.com/8Ntj1i1wPi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2017
Westbrook joined legendary duo Oscar Robertson (five times) and Wilt Chamberlain (twice) as the only players to have achieved the milestone. The MVP candidate will almost certainly move into second spot on the all-time list for most triple-doubles in a season, while he may even give Robertson’s 1961-62 total of 41 a shake.
MOST TRIPLE-DOUBLES IN AN NBA SEASON
41 – Oscar Robertson, 1961-62
31 – Wilt Chamberlain, 1967-68
26 – Robertson, 1963-64/1960-61
22 – Chamberlain, 1966-67; Robertson, 1964-65
20* – Russell Westbrook, 2016-17
*season still active
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 16, 2017
Westbrook’s incredible campaign has seen him rocket up the leaderboard for the most triple-doubles in a career, now sitting in sixth place.
MOST TRIPLE-DOUBLES IN AN NBA CAREER
181 – Oscar Robertson
138 – Magic Johnson
107 – Jason Kidd
78 – Wilt Chamberlain
59 – Larry Bird
57* – Russell Westbrook
*career still active
While a player racking up triple-doubles doesn’t necessarily guarantee success for a team, and there are obvious drawbacks of a star guard being a virtual one-man band, the Thunder are 16-4 this season when Westbrook hits double-digits in three categories – and 9-13 when he doesn’t.