Russell Westbrook Becomes The All-Time Leader In Triple Doubles
13 years in the league. 9 NBA All star appearances. 2 NBA All Star MVP awards. 2 time NBA assists leader. 2017 Regular Season MVP. Now, Russell Westbrook after securing his 182nd triple double last night has become the all-time leader in triple doubles, passing up Oscar Robertson's 47 year record of 181 triple doubles.
Over the years Westbrook has received his fair share of criticism. Many said that he wasn't a good point guard. That he didn't pass enough. That he was stat padding. Throughout all of it, Russ continued to prove his critics wrong and as this 2020-2021 season has been winding down, his performances as of late have been truly remarkable.
He finished last nights game with another impressive stat line of 28PTS, 21AST and 13REBS and is guaranteed to finish this season averaging a triple double. This would make it his fourth season in which he has done so, something that has never been done. The only other player in NBA history to average a triple double in an entire season was Oscar Robertson who only did it one time.
"It's just a blessing,' Westbrook told reporters after last nights game. "You put so much into the game. You put in so much time. You sacrifice so much. To be able to mentioned with guys like Oscar and Magic and Jason Kidd, it's something I never dreamed about growing up as a young kid in LA. I'm truly grateful for moments like this."
He now stands alone at the top as Mr. Triple-Double and there's little to no doubt that when it's all said and done, Westbrook will go down as one of the best point guards in NBA history.