Can LeBron, Westbrook or Harden actually average a triple-double this season?
The 2016-17 NBA season is on pace to be one of the greatest ever — but perhaps not so great that anyone will match Oscar Robertson's most famous accomplishment.
After epic games from both James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Chris Broussard sat down on FS1's “Undisputed” and discussed whether either of those superstars — or maybe even LeBron James — stands a chance at averaging a triple-double.
Their conclusion? Probably not — for very different reasons for each player.
First, here's where the three MVP candidates stand as of Tuesday:
James Harden: 30.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 12.6 assists
LeBron James: 22.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 9.1 assists
Russell Westbrook: 32.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 9.9 assists
The numbers don't lie, friends. While no one is on pace to average a triple-double, Westbrook is easily the closest among the group. If we're to see history somehow this season, he's our only hope. Yet as Bayless points out, Westbrook's own teammates might be sabotaging him this season.
And as Broussard argues, LeBron could average a triple-double in a season if he wanted to, but he's smarter than that. On this team in particular, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson clean up the glass, not LeBron. If he were to encroach on their territory, he'd disrupt the chemistry the Cavs worked so hard to establish.
Harden, meanwhile, might be the best offensive player in the NBA (including even two-time MVP Stephen Curry), but he simply doesn't have the rebounding knack to match Robertson.