Washington point guard Russell Westbrook, author of the 182nd triple-double of his career, Monday in a regular season game against Atlanta, broke the NBA record in the matter, long presumed unbeatable and held for 47 years by the legendary Oscar Robertson.
At 32, the star of the Wizards achieves an exceptional performance in terms of a statistical specificity (ten units or more in three categories, points, rebounds, assists … etc) of which he is more than ever the king since he is insured to complete the current fiscal year with a triple-double on average. This is the fourth time after the 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons.
36 triple-doubles this season in 62 games
It is a tenth rebound captured in the last quarter of this meeting with the Hawks which brought “RussWest” straight into history. He then had 23 points and 17 assists to his credit. He overtook Oscar Robertson, who had achieved his 181st triple-double on March 24, 1974, when he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, in the last of his 14 professional seasons.
A player with boundless energy, Westbrook still has a few good years ahead of him, to carry his brand much higher. Especially since he succeeds in the matter of rare combinations, such as this recent triple-double with more than twenty assists and twenty rebounds against Indiana. It was only the third time that this had happened, after Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 and … himself already in 2019.
On the current year, he is 36 “TD” successful in 62 games played, far ahead of his first pursuer, the Serbian Nikola Jokic (15), who plays in Denver and is one of the favorites for the MVP trophy. .