By the Numbers: Russell Westbrook Surpasses Oscar Robertson’s NBA Record With 182nd Career Triple-Double

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By the Numbers: Russell Westbrook Surpasses Oscar Robertson’s NBA Record With 182nd Career Triple-Double


Russell Westbrook is now officially the Triple-Double King in NBA history.

Recording a 28-point triple-double, 21 assists, 13 rebounds in the narrow 125-124 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta, he surpassed Oscar Robertson’s NBA record of 181 career triple-doubles.

He breaks the record of 47, a record considered by many among the untouchables while playing exactly 100 regular season games less than Robertson.

The former league MVP already broke Robertson’s record for most triple doubles in a single season when he recorded 42 in the 2016-17 season.

In terms of a triple-double for a season, Westbrook in 2016-17 became only the second player to go after “The Big O” in 1961-62. He has done it three more times since.

Win-loss record

Talks about padding stats or chasing those triple doubles have chased Westbrook since his MVP season, the 2016-17 campaign where he broke Oscar Robertson’s record (41) for most triple-double in a season. by entering 42.

However, that argument doesn’t have any credence when you consider the team’s win-loss record when registering a triple-double.

Thanks to the 182 triple doubles, the team has a 136-46 record which translates into a winning percentage of 74.7 percent. That’s higher than Oscar Robertson’s win percentage of 72.4%.

Divisions vs. Teams

Westbrook is the triple-doubles franchise leader for the Oklahoma City Thunder (138) and the Washington Wizards (36).

On January 20, 2020, as a member of the Houston Rockets, Westbrook recorded a triple-double against his former team – the Oklahoma City Thunder – and joined LeBron James as the only player to record a triple-double against each. NBA. franchise.

However, over a year later, the Brodie got better. On April 19, with a triple-double against the Thunder, Westbrook became the only player in NBA history to record multiple triple-doubles against every NBA franchise.

Here’s a look at how many triple doubles he’s recorded against each NBA team:

Number of triple-doubles (# teams) The teams
1. 10 (1) Pacers
2. 9 (2) Pelicans, magic
3. 8 (7) Rockets, Bucks, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Rois, Raptors, Jazz
4. 7 (2) Nuggets, Timberwolves
5. 6 (6) Mavericks, pistons, lakers, suns, spurs, wizards
6. 5 (5) Nets, bulls, warriors, grizzly bears, hawks
7. 4 (4) Cavaliers, Clippers, Chaleur, Knicks
8. 3 (1) Oklahoma City Thunder
9 2 (2) Celtics, hornets

His 10 triple-doubles against the Pacers, make him the fourth player in NBA history after Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain to record at least 10 triple-doubles against a single NBA team.

Evolution into a triple-double machine

Currently, in his 13th NBA season, Westbrook’s love for the triple-double began in the second half of his career. In his first six seasons he had just eight triple doubles while in his seventh season (2014-2015) alone he recorded 11.

However, things really got better in 2016-17, when he carried the Oklahoma City Thunder on his shoulders after Kevin Durant left the Warriors in the offseason as a free agent.

In fact, in recent years he’s more likely to register a triple-double than to make a basket.

Since 2016, in four out of five seasons, Westbrook had scored 137 triple doubles in 296 regular season games. This leads to a 46.3% chance of registering a triple-double, slightly better than his field goal percentage (43.7%) in those seasons.

The most ridiculous triple doubles

May 3, 2021 vs Indiana Pacers (14 points, 24 assists, 21 rebounds, W)

March 29, 2021 vs Indiana Pacers (35 points, 21 assists, 14 rebounds, O)

April 2, 2019 vs Los Angeles Lakers (20 points, 21 assists, 20 rebounds, W)

Jan 10, 2019 vs San Antonio Spurs (24 points, 24 assists, 13 rebounds, L)

9 avril 2017 vs Denver Nuggets (50 points, 16 rebonds, 10 passes, W)

Mar 29, 2017 vs. Orlando Magic (57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, W)

December 17, 2017 vs Phoenix Suns (26 points, 22 assists, 11 rebounds, O)

29 octobre 2016 vs Phoenix Suns (51 points, 13 rebonds, 10 passes, W)

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