We are witnessing historic greatness thanks to Russell Westbrook. Westbrook currently has 40 triple doubles this season, with six games remaining he is sure to beat Oscar Robertson's record of 41 triple doubles in a single regular season.
According to basketballreference.com, Westbrook is averaging 31.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, and 10.4 apg. Westbrook is averaging a triple double, this hasn't been done since 1962 by Robertson. Michael Jordan recored just 28 triple doubles over his entire career. We are truly watching greatness.
Some people try to disrespect this greatness by belittling Westrbook's triple doubles. The few Westbrook critics will say that he chases triple doubles or that his teammates allow him to rebound. These are ridiculous accusations, Westbrook plays every game, every play like it is his last. He is simply just playing the game of basketball at a higher level than anyone. In basketball you are suppose to score, rebound, and assist but most players can only do one of those things, Westbrook is doing what many can't.
Westbrook is a terrific defender, not many guards score on him. Good things happen when Westbrook has the ball, why not get him the ball the quickest way possible, a rebound. Not only should Westbrook win MVP, he should win the most improved player award as well. In
Westbrook's past years he would get knocked for not being a pass first point guard, or a leader, or playing out of control. Westbrook is extremely poised this year and must've worked hard last summer to better his all around game. Westbrook knows when to get his guys involved and when to take over.
Westbrook has been a terrific closer all year and has clinched the playoffs with his undermanned Thunder team. Westbrook is working with the least talented playoff team in the NBA. What also sticks out to me is that, many thought OKC would miss the playoffs when Durant left.
Instead of listening to that Westbrook decided to have a historically great season filled with triple doubles. James Harden who is also an MVP candidate is working with a more talented team. When Harden missed last night's game against the Suns, his Rockets won and scored 126 points. If Westbrook did't play OKC would suffer a loss, appreciate greatness and award Russell Westbrook the MVP.
Daniel Farr. Journalist. Sports fan. College student. https://soundcloud.com/user-731370183.