NBA News and Updates: Can Anyone Stop Russell Westbrook From Dominating and Clocking in Triple-Doubles?
It's an understatement to say that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is on fire as the only star player on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster. Westbeast is posting numbers that would make anyone blink twice in disbelief; these kinds of numbers could be only seen in video games.
However, this is the truth and the league recognizes him for it. The NBA has named him and LeBron James as players of the month for their respective conferences. Both players are averaging high points, rebounds and assists averages throughout the month of November.
What sets the two men apart is the way they're doing things. LeBron James has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to cover for him whenever he feels like not playing or he has a bad night. On Westbrook's side, however, he is carrying the team by his lonesome.
For example, Yahoo Sports covered how Westbrook had to post a triple-double for the fourth straight time in order to force a win against the Washington Wizards. This clearly shows how much heavy lifting Westbrook has been doing ever since a certain Durant left for the "unselfish guys" in the Bay Area.
The triple-double average becomes all the more impressive when you discover the fact that he just passed LeBron James on the all-time triple-double list. According to a Give Me Sport piece, the achievement only becomes sweeter as he is only the second player in NBA history to be averaging a triple-double in December. He is also well on his way to following Oscar Robertson's footsteps in achieving a triple-double stat line through an NBA season.
If Westbrook keeps these numbers up, it's not hard to see him edge closer to the top five of the triple-double list. If he does achieve that, it only solidifies his place as one of the best players the league has ever seen.