The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard erupted over the course of March and early April, posting double-digit assists in 11 of his past 12 games, including six games of at least 13 dimes. And on Wednesday night, Westbrook recorded his 41st triple-double of the season, tying Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a single NBA season.
Now, Westbrook has all but locked up just the second season-long triple-double in NBA history. Entering the Thunder’s tilt against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, Westbrook needed just 11 total rebounds and 29 assists over his final six games (or 1.83 rebounds and 4.83 assists per game) to average a triple-double over the 82-game 2016-17 season. He grabbed 12 boards on Wednesday, surpassing 820 boards for the season and checking that category off of his quest for history. And with 10 assists, Westbrook needs just 19 more dimes.
As long as the MVP frontrunner doesn’t fall into a coma on the court, then, he should join Robertson in the record books as the only players in NBA history to meet that milestone. In fact, if he decided to sit out the rest of the season, Westbrook would also end the campaign averaging a triple-double, since he’s already over 10 assists and 10 rebounds per game at this moment and he’s played in enough games (77) to qualify.
And in the worst possible scenario, where Westbrook steps onto the floor, suffers an injury and misses the rest of the season, he’d still have that triple-double average.
So basically no matter how you slice it, the Thunder point guard has made history. The only question now is whether he’ll win the MVP.