Every sport has someone who appears almost out of nowhere and becomes one of the most loved players. Even though basketball is a team sport, every once and a while individuals manage to outshine their teammates and to win the game all by themselves. NBA history has seen a lot of those match-winners, and legendary players have earned their status by creating magic on a regular basis. One such player is Russel Westbrook, and his recent accomplishments are clearly showing what this Californian was made off. His triple double records are impressive, but this one-man wrecking crew does not want to stop just yet.
– Who Is Russel Westbrook?
As we already said, Westbrook was born in California, in 1988, and he attended UCLA college before signing a pro contract with Seattle Supersonics in 2008. He was drafted as the 4th overall pick, but not many people could have predicted the exact levels of popularity and gaming skills that young Westbrook will reach eventually. Like we said – a type of guy that comes silently and without notice, but soon after that explodes and attracts the media and fans
Over the years, his partnership with Kevin Durant in the Oklahoma jersey became legendary as well, and some experts compare them with the great partnership of Jordan and Pippen. Even though Durant usually played the role of Batmen and Westbrook had to perform as his trusted sidekick, NBA fans did not fail to recognize the enormous energy and power that this player brought with him every time he stepped out onto the court. Oklahoma City Thunder are also fully aware of his brilliance, and in August 2016 they have successfully signed a $85.7 million extension on Westbrook’s contract.
– Triple Double Statistics
NBA is a tough and very demanding competition, and athletic abilities are equally important as the mindset and the intelligence. That is why “complete” players are so valuable, and Russel Westbrook is determined to show critics that he is an amazing athlete and a highly creative point guard. At the age of 28, his career is far from over, but his career stats with the total of 43 triple doubles are impressive. In this season only, Russel Westbrook recorded six triple double games, and the one against Indiana Pacers, where he had 31 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds, is still talked about in the basketball circles. That is the proof that Westbrook is young and talented player who waited for his opportunity.
Westbrook recorded his first triple double all the way back in 2009, and he was the first one after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1975) to score a 50-point triple double. On the all-time rankings, Westbrook is now sharing position number six, with LeBron James and Lafayette Lever, but Larry Bird’s record of 59 triple double games seems within the range of the rising Oklahoma star. We just have to wait for Westbrook to come to this number, which is by all basketball standards, very high.