Russell Westbrook has been showing glimpses of his 2017 MVP season lately as he is putting up historical numbers for the Washington Wizards this season. Westbrook is the only player in NBA history to finish a game with a 20 assist 20 rebound triple double and tied Wilt Chamberlain’s career high 24 assists against the Pacers last night. Westbrook is currently averaging a triple double on the season with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and if Westbrook finished out the rest of the season with 0’s in every statistical category, he would still end the regular season averaging a triple double.
This season marks the fourth time Westbrook has averaged a triple double at the end of the NBA regular season. Only one other person has done this in the history of the NBA and it is basketball legend, Oscar Robertson, but he only did it once during the 1961-62 season.
Westbrook took to Instagram to share his feelings about this milestone and his historic triple double.
The Washington Wizards are 5 games behind .500 with a 30-35 record and are in 10th place which means they are in a good position qualify for the play-in tournament. With 7 games left in the season, the Wizards are still only a game and half behind the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference which is a huge improvement from last season after finishing 25-47 and out of the playoffs, and they can thank Russell Westbrook for this improvement.