Averaging a triple-double, Russell Westbrook is doing something that hasn’t been done since Oscar Robertson accomplished the feat in the 1961-62 season. Westbrook has also recorded 33 triple-doubles, the second-most triple-doubles by a player in one season. And he just needs to get eight more triple-doubles to tie Robertson’s record of 41 in a single season. But Westbrook isn’t the only player that is recording triple-doubles at a high rate.
Westbrook has definitely surpassed them in the triple-double game but both James Harden and LeBron James have each recorded a significant number of triple-doubles. Harden has his own triple-double record to boot, as he is the first player to have two 50-point triple-doubles in a single season. And now thanks to James’ tenth triple-double of the season on Tuesday (a 16 point, 11 rebound, 12 assist performance in Cleveland’s blowout 128-96 win over Detroit), this is the first time three different players have ever recorded 10 or more triples doubles.
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With Westbrook, Harden and James leading the way, the triple-double has clearly taken hold of the NBA in a way that is unprecedented.