Now that the season is a month old, lets have a look at how Russell Westbrook is going with achieving a history making season average.
Now that the season is a month old, it is time to check in on Russell Westbrook and his pursuit of averaging a triple double for the season. This feat has not been achieved since the great Oscar Robertson did it once in the 1961-62 season.
Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game over the season. Scarily, Robertson almost achieved the triple double average four other times in his career, the man had 181 triple doubles for his career. This is the most ever in the NBA by a long way. Magic Johnson is second with 138.
However, it has only happened once in the NBA and now Westbrook has the ability and opportunity to accomplish this feat in the modern era of the NBA.
This should not be possible in the NBA now, the era is dominated by teams that have their big three. Three players, of at least two of them are superstars to share the load and help their team win.
Well, Westbrook, like it or not, has the fortunes of the Oklahoma City Thunder riding on his back. Lets see what he has been able to accomplish since the season opened on the 25th of October.
This is by far the easiest category for Westbrook to average double figures in. He is currently leading the NBA in scoring with 31.8 points per game. Westbrook has 508 points currently, for him to average double figures he needs to score 820 points.
In 66 games, Westbrook has to only score 312 points at 4.7 points per game. I think that it is fairly safe to say that he has that covered. Westbrook looks to be well on the way to his first ever 2,000 point season.
Westbrook is currently second in the NBA with 10.5 assists per game. The only player ahead of him is James Harden of the Houston Rockets who has 12.6 assists per game.
Westbrook has 168 assists over his 16 games. Again, he only needs 820 assists to average double figures. Over the next 66 games he needs to give 652 assists at 9.9 assists per game to make sure that he is averaging ten at the end of the season.
Considering that he finished last year second in the NBA with 10.5 assists per game this should be very achievable.
This is the category that has tripped Westbrook up in the past from averaging the triple double. Last season, Westbrook averaged 7.9 rebounds per game. This had him third on the Thunder roster behind Kevin Durant (8.2) and Enes Kanter (8.1)
This year, Durant has defected to the Golden State Warriors and Kanter’s numbers are down from last year. He is only collecting 6.3 rebounds per game.
How is Westbrook going with this stat? He is averaging 9.8 per game. Through 16 games, Westbrook has collected 156 rebounds. Using the magical 820 number again, Westbrook has to collect 664 rebounds for the next 66 games at 10.1 per game to average ten in this category.
However, Russell Westbrook is not the only player in danger of creating history this season. There are actually two more.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets has the incredible stat line of 28.7 points, 12.6 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game. Unfortunately for Harden I cannot see him pulling in enough rebounds to challenge the triple double average
LeBron James, the man who can do anything on the basketball court is also looking good to get close. His stat line is 23.8 points, 9.3 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game.
All I know is that I will be watching the next portion of the season with great interest.