Russell Westbrook Passes Wilt Chamberlain
Russell Westbrook is having a historic season, as he passed another milestone on Saturday. In Oklahoma’s 112-104 win over the Utah Jazz, Russell Westbrook tallied up his 32nd triple-double. This puts him in second place in the single-season triple-double list, as he passed Wilt Chamberlain in triple-doubles (Wilt had 31 in 1 season). Over him is Oscar Robertson who had 41 triple-doubles in 1 season.
As of after Saturday’s game, Westbrook averages 31.9 points, 10.1 assists, and 10.5 rebounds per game. A big part in that is Westbrooks teammate, Kevin Durant left the team. Now Westbrook is the only superstar and he can do way more. Even though his numbers are high, his shooting percentage is not. Against the Jazz, Westbrook made 9 out of his 26 shots. But, to make up for it, he dished out 14 assists and got 11 rebounds. Luckily for the Thunder, Rudy Gobert missed the game due to leg soreness, so the Thunder had an easy time scoring in the paint. But being the only true star on the team, Russell isn’t doing too bad of a job to lead his team. The Thunder are 6th in the West, under the Clippers. They have won 37 games and lost 29. But, MVP competitor James Harden led his team to 3rd place in the West.
Will Westbrook Catch Up to Oscar Robertson
As of March 12, the Thunder only have 16 more games in the regular season. And to PASS Oscar, Russell Westbrook needs to manage to get 9 more triple-doubles before those 16 games are over. “I wouldn’t care. I hope he [Westbrook] gets it,” Robertson told Shaun Powell of NBA.com. “Why should I care, man? I hope he does. I think it’s great to talk about it.” If Russell Westbrook manages to pass Oscar Robertson, then this season will be a very memorable one. Getting the 41 triple-doubles is not a thing that many people can do. Do you think Russell Westbrook can manage to reach the 41 triple-doubles? Leave a comment below.