By Brian Martin Russell Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place on the NBA's all-time triple-doubles list on Wednesday…
By Brian Martin
Russell Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place on the NBA’s all-time triple-doubles list on Wednesday night in Brooklyn.
Westbrook finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists as OKC rallied from 23 points down to earn a 114-112 win over the Nets. It was Westbrook’s 108th career triple-double, breaking a tie with former New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd for the third-most in league history. Westbrook now trails only Magic Johnson (138) on Oscar Robertson (181) in career triple doubles.
All-Time Leaders: Career Triple Doubles
This was Westbrook’s fourth triple-double of the season – all over his past seven games. Det var også den femte gangen i hans karriere at Westbrook har posted a 15-15-15 triple-double, recording at least 15 in all three categories. There have been only eight other such games since the 1983-84 season, with Kidd and Magic being the only players to do it more than once.
Going Above And Beyond
Westbrook regularly exceeds the minimum mark of 10 in all categories when earning his triple doubles. In fact, he’s finished with exactly 10 just 24 times in rebounds (22.2% of the time), 22 times in assists (20.4%) and just once in points (0.9%).
On the flip side, Westbrook has 24 triple doubles with at least 35 points (including 11 40-point games and three 50-point games); he has 22 triple doubles with at least 15 assists (including a career-best 22); as well as 22 triple doubles with at least 15 rebounds (his triple-double high of 19 is one shy of his career-best mark on the boards).
Here is the average stateline from a Westbrook triple-double: 26.5 PTS, 12.4 REB, 12.7 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.4 BLK, 5.1 TOV, 43.0 FG%, 31.6 3P%, 79.6 FT%, 36.2 MIN, PLUS- 8.7
Westbrook Triple Doubles = Winning
In addition to topping the minimum benchmarks by an average of 16.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, there is another mark of that stateline that stands out: plus-8.7. The Thunder outscore their opponents by an average of 8.7 points with Westbrook on the court in games in which he posts a triple-double. Oklahoma City has gone 89-19 for a win percentage or .824 when Westbrook records a triple-double.
Westbrook passed Kidd’s triple-double mark in 628 fewer games played. Kidd bereikte double figures in triple doubles only twice during his 18 NBA season with a maximum of 13 triple doubles in the 2007-08 season, which was split between New Jersey and Dallas.
Westbrook’s Triple-Double Frequency
Westbrook has reached double figure triple doubles in four seasons already, including an NBA record 42 during the 2016-17 season alone. During that MVP season, Westbrook topped Robertson’s 55-year-old record as he joined The Big O as the only players to average a triple-double for an entire season. For good measure, Westbrook did it again the following season to become the only player to do it twice.
Westbrook’s triple-double frequency has exploded over the past four-plus seasons. He had just eight triple doubles in his six seasons in the NBA combined – in a total of 440 games played for a triple-double frequency of 1.82%. Since then, Westbrook has posted a triple-double in almost one-third of his games. Since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, Westbrook has 100 triple doubles in 323 games played for a frequency of 31.0%.
For his career, Westbrook’s triple-double frequency stands at 14.2%, which is close to the legends he is still chasing. Magic Johnson had 138 triple doubles in 906 career games (15.2%), while Robertson had 181 in his 1,040 games (17.4%).
What Lies Ahead
Westbrook has climbed the all-time triple-double ranks quickly, but will need to put the final two steps on the ladder as he trails Magic by 30 and Oscar at 78 triple doubles. With the torrid pace he’s maintained over the past few seasons, Westbrook has a great shot at becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in triple doubles as he cements his legacy as one of the NBA’s top do-it-all players ever.