Everyone knows how good Russell Westbrook and how he is the leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is a triple-double machine and is the face of the franchise but on Tuesday he became the first NBA player to break a record, and it wasn’t a good one.
He turned the ball over five times against the Boston Celtics which gives him 2956 turnovers in 739 games. That equals four turnovers a game which makes him the only person in history to average that many turnovers in a game.
Magic Johnson has the second most turnovers per game ever. He played 906 games and averaged 3.87 turnovers per game.
The top five is then rounded out by Isiah Thomas, Allen Iverson and LeBron James. Four turnovers is a lot for Westbrook, but with the rest of the list it is pretty clear that is guys who have the ball in their hands a lot, and turnovers naturally are going to happen.
The rest of the stats for Westbrook are impressive. He has played in 71 games this year putting up 25.4 points, 10.2 assists and 9.7 rebounds per game. Those stats are down from his averages the last few years, but with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony there is a lot more sharing of the ball going on also.
For Westbrook even though he is averaging four turnovers per game, it’s really not concerning as the production that he does provide for the team far outweighs trying to get his turnovers down a little bit.