Russell Westbrook is having a hell of a season. That may be the most underwhelming and obvious sentence uttered in 2017. Westbrook is not only averaging a triple-double, he is leading the league in scoring.
Steph Curry and Allen Iverson are the only 2 point guards in the past 44 years to lead the league in scoring. other than, of course, Russell Westbrook who accomplished this feat in the 2014-15 season. The point guard that led the league in scoring 44 years ago (1972-73) was Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Archibald also led the NBA in assists that same year. The points and assists leader has only happened once in NBA history. Russell Westbrook is one lonely assist per game behind the league leader. (James Harden co-front runner for MVP.)
Let me make this a little more clear; Nate Archibald is the only player to ever in the history of the NBA lead the league in both points and assists. Russell Westbrook is very close to breaking the 44 year stretch since this once in history accomplishment.
You think that is impressive?
Oscar Robertson is the only player in league history to average a triple-double for a whole season. In the 1961-62 season “The Big O'” averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game. Oscar Robertson also broke the NBA record that year for attaining the most triple-doubles in a single season with 41.
Russell Westbrook through 59 games has 29 triple-doubles, leaving him just 12 shy of the record. 23 games to go in a season where Westbrook has averaged a triple-double every other game, he will be damn close to breaking it by game number 82.
Okay, wait a minute…
Westbrook may break the 44 year old record of leading the league in points and assists. He may also break the record for the most amount of triple-doubles in a season. Robertson albeit a point guard, stood at 6’5″ (two inches taller than Westbrook). So Russell’s rebounding numbers are a bit more impressive considering his size.
Here is one more thing that is something he is in fact doing, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double. It is no coincidence that Robertson also holds that record in the same year he had 41 triple-doubles. Westbrook is averaging the league leading 31 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists per game. He will probably win MVP, and at this pace he may have the most incredible box score stuffing season of all-time.
No point guard at 6’3″ has ever had the type of season Russell Westbrook is having. He may have the greatest season ever at the position, and one of the most remarkable years in league history.