Back then, the NBA had “The Big O” Oscar Robertson dropping triple-doubles with ease. Now, we as NBA fans have Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and triple-double extraordinaire Russell Westbrook. The two-way guard out of UCLA posted his 107th career triple-double in a 100-83 walloping of the Cleveland Cavaliers. At 107 career triple-doubles, this now ties for third in the all-time ranks with NBA Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd. This puts Westbrook behind Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson with 138, and the aforementioned Robertson with 181. To add perspective to his recently accomplished milestone, Jason Kidd reached 107 triple-doubles in 1,247 games. Westbrook needed just 760.
Wednesday’s total made it Westbrook’s third triple-double in the past four games. This is nothing new for the OKC guard as he has averaged a triple-double in each of the previous two seasons. In his MVP-winning season of 2016-17, Westbrook became the first player to average a triple-double for an entire season since Oscar Robertson did so in the 1961-62 campaign. Currently averaging 23.2 points per game, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.8 assists, Westbrook has a chance to make it three consecutive seasons of averaging a triple-double. After starting the 2018-19 season slow out of the gates with a 0-4 start, the Thunder are slated just one game behind the both the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers for the top spot out west. If Westbrook can continue to produce at the level he is, expect the Thunder to make a push for the number one ranking in the Western Conference very soon.