By Brian Martin
Russell Westbrook took sole third place on the NBA's all-time triple-double list Wednesday night in Brooklyn.
Westbrook finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists, as OKC came down from 23 points and scored a 114-112 win over the Nets. It was Westbrook's 108th triple-double career. He broke a tie with former New Jersey Nets guard, Jason Kidd, for the third-biggest in league history. Westbrook is now only in Oscar Robertson (181) in career triple doubles behind Magic Johnson (138) to find.
All-Time Leaders: Career Triple Doubles
This was Westbrook's fourth triple-double of the season – all about his last seven games. It was also the fifth time in his career that Westbrook scored a 15-15-15 triple-double with at least 15 in all three categories. Since the 1983/84 season, there were only eight more such games, with Kidd and Magic were the only players who did this more than once.
Beyond and Beyond
Westbrook regularly exceeds the minimum score of 10 in all categories when earning his triple doubles. In fact, he has only 24 times in rebounds (22.2% of the time), 10 times in assists (20.4%) and only once in points (0.9%).
On the other hand, Westbrook has 24 triple doubles with at least 35 points (including 11 40-point games and three 50-point games); he has 22 triple doubles with at least 15 assists (including a career best 22); and 22 triple doubles with at least 15 rebounds (his triple-double-high of 19 is one of the best in the boards.)
Here's the average value of a Westbrook triple-double: 26.5 PTS, 12.4 REB, 12.7 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.4 BLK, 5.1 TOV, 43.0 FG% , 31.6 3P%, 79.6 FT%, 36.2 MIN, PLUS- 8.7
Westbrook Triple-Doubles = Siege
In addition to raising the minimum benchmarks by an average of 16.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, there is another mark of this status line that stands out: plus-8.7. The Thunder outperformed their opponents by averaging 8.7 points on the course in Westbrook's games, in which he scored a triple-double. Oklahoma City made a profit of 0.824, as Westbrook recorded a triple-double.
Westbrook outperformed Kidd's triple-double in 628 fewer games. Kidd scored twice double doubles in his 18 NBA seasons with a maximum of 13 triple doubles in the 2007-08 season, split between New Jersey and Dallas.
Westbrook's Triple Double Frequency
Westbrook have already reached double-digit triple doubles in four seasons, including an NBA record of 42 in the 2016/17 season alone. During this MVP season, Westbrook surpassed Robertson's 55-year record when he joined The Big O came in as the only player to score a triple-double for an entire season. Westbrook once again managed to become the only player to do it twice the following season.
The triple double frequency of Westbrook has exploded in the last four seasons. He only had eight triple doubles in his six seasons in the NBA – a total of 440 games with a triple-double frequency of 1.82%. Since then, Westbrook has achieved a triple-double in nearly a third of its games. Since the start of the 2014/15 season, Westbrook has played 100 triple doubles in 323 matches, with a frequency of 31.0%.
For his career, Westbrook's triple double frequency is 14.2%, close to the legend he still pursues. Magic Johnson had 138 triple doubles in 906 career games (15.2%), while Robertson had 181 in his 1,040 games (17.4%).
What lies ahead
Westbrook has made the all-time triple-double ranks quickly, but has to allow some time to reach the last two levels on the ladder, leaving Magic at 30 and Oscar at 78 triple-doubles , With the stormy pace he has maintained over the past few seasons, Westbrook has taken a great step in becoming the NBA's all-time leader in the triple-double, while calling his legacy one of the NBA's best all-rounders.