This is just getting absurd. Russell Westbrook cannot be stopped.
Westbrook tallied his sixth consecutive triple-double Monday night with a 32-point, 13-rebound, 12-assist performance in a 102-99 Thunder victory against the Hawks on Monday. Westbrook has tallied 11 triple-doubles in 22 Thunder games this season. This is the longest streak of triple-doubles for a player since Michael Jordan in 1989.
Westbrook has four days off to rest up, then Oklahoma City will play the extremely-fast-paced Rockets on Friday, so it’s likely he gets to his seventh, which would tie Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan for the second-longest streak of triple-doubles in NBA history with seven. After that, he would need only three more to surpass Wilt Chamberlain’s nine straight in 1968.
The record for most in one season is Oscar Robertson’s 41, so Westbrook is already over a fourth of the way there after 22 games. Westbrook is now averaging 31 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 11.3 assists as he tries to become the second NBA player in history to average a triple-double over an entire season, behind Robertson.
The challenge is most often thought to be rebounding, but the Thunder bigs actually box out their man to allow Westbrook to crash the glass. As Nylon Calculus notes, not only are most of the boards Westbrook is grabbing uncontested, but in doing so, the Thunder’s transition offense skyrockets because Westbrook is able to convert rebounds to scoring opportunities almost instantly.
It’s an incredible tear Westbrook is on. People claim he’s only accomplishing this through usage, but you could give a lot of players the ball this often and they wouldn’t put up these kinds of lines. Westbrook is something altogether special, and very little of it human. Westbrook scored 27 of the Thunder’s 47 second-half points in leading the Thunder to their 14th victory of the season.