This season in the NBA has been the season of superhuman performances from players around the league, none more befitting of the superhuman tag than Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.
The six-time All-Star is currently averaging a triple double for the season and is on course to finish the season averaging a triple double, a feat that hasn’t been achieved since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season. Watching Westbrook get a triple double in an NBA game this season has been just like watching Klay Thompson shoot an unguarded corner three. You know it’s going in 90% of the time, just how you know Russell gets that in 90% of his games.
However, last night in the Thunder’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Westbrook achieved something even Oscar couldn’t. Something that has never happened in an NBA game before. Yes, it was another triple double but this time, that wasn’t the most impressive thing he did on the court.
The MVP candidate in just 28 minutes of action, shot 6 of 6 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Westbrook had a perfect 100% from the field and the line as we recorded his 35th triple double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as OKC cruised to a 122-97 win over the 76ers. No NBA player previously has had a triple-double without missing a shot attempt or free throw.
As it stands, Westbrook needs just six more triple-doubles in OKC’s final 11 games to average a triple double for the season, he is currently averaging 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game.