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Russ’ Revenge – Westbrook’s Historic Start

Russell Westbrook Steve Mitchell Gallery/Via Flickr


Going into the 2016-17 NBA season one thing was about as sure a bet as Vegas could give you; Russell Westbrook was going to put up unworldly numbers.    The unheard of start continued Saturday night as Westbrook notched his 44th career triple double in a blow 106-88 victory of the Detroit Pistons.

Westbrook, who ended the night with 17 points, 15 assists, 13 boards, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of play has now tied Lebron James for sixth place on the NBA’s all time list of triple doubles.  Oh and Westbrook did it five seasons sooner.

Knowing Russ’ assassin like attitude and new role as the unquestioned leader of his Oklahoma City Thunder, it was pretty obvious going into the season that he was going to take out his Durant departure frustration on every poor soul who stepped foot on the court wearing another jersey.

The only other player in NBA history to average a triple for a full season was “The Big O” Oscar Robertson during the 1961-62 season.  Robertson finished the season with 30.8 ppg, 12 rpg and 11.4 apg.

Coming into the new week Westbrook, the former 4th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, is averaging 31.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 11.1 apg while leading the Thunder to a 10-8 record and sixth place in the Western Conference.

With only 18 games so far this season Russell has notched seven, yes seven, triple doubles in this young 2016-17 NBA season.  Westbrook is currently on a pace to average an unheard of 32 triple doubles this season.

It is worth pointing out that Russell is second in the NBA in turnovers per game with 5.4 and only shooting 43.5% from the field.  However, on a team whose second best player is Victor Oladipo it is not hard to see why the Thunder depends so heavily on Westbrook.

It has never been a question of “if” Westbrook could consistently put up monster numbers, it has always been will those numbers translate to team victories.  With Russ’ on the floor Oklahoma City outscores their opponents by 113 points, with him off they are being OUTSCORED by 88.  The Thunder will next travel to New York City Monday night for a battle of former elite and current elite point guards with Derrick Rose and the New York Knicks.