Russell Westbrook is Averaging a Triple-Double
19 games into the season, and Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double.
The point guard put up 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists against the New York Knicks on Monday (Nov. 28), leading his team to a 112-103 win. In the process, he upped his average to a triple double: 30.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists.
Westbrook is just one of only five players in NBA history to average a triple-double more than five games into the season.
"Winning is sustainable," Westbrook said of averaging a triple-double for the season. "My job is to go out and find the best way to win games. Right now, we won three straight, and that is the most important to me."
Despite the accomplishment, it may be hard for Westbrook to sustain that average for the entire season.
The only player to average a triple-double over the course of a full season was Oscar Robertson, who posted 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game in the 1961-62 season. However, during his era, games were much faster-paced games, with around 25 more possessions, 30 more available rebounds and 30 more shot attempts per game.
This season, Westbrook has eight triple-doubles, with the rest of the NBA combining for eight.