Russell Westbrook has done it again.
The Thunder point guard had 15 assists in a 123-110 win over the Pistons Friday night. Just another typical Westbrook performance in that category, yet that outing means he will now average at least 10 assists per game this season.
And just like that, Westbrook will now average a triple-double for the third straight season.
Before Westbrook’s first triple-double season a couple of years ago, no one had performed the feat since 1962, when Oscar Robertson became the first player in league history with the achievement.
“It’ll hit me at some point,” Westbrook told reporters afterward, when asked about the trio of triple-doubles. “Like it’s gonna hit everybody else in this room, too.”
Thunder teammate Paul George has already pondered the accomplishment.
“He’ll go down as a Hall of Famer, one of the best,” George said (via ESPN). Nobody, I don’t believe, will be able to match that or beat that. You’ve got to be wired a certain way on a nightly basis to be able to compete at that level. He’s special.”
OKC coach Billy Donovan echoed those thoughts.
“I think the fact that he has done this three years in a row, people don’t understand what has happened, in my opinion,” Donovan said. “And I’m shocked that they don’t talk about it. And I know they’re numbers, and I get all that stuff, but in terms of the historic part of the game, people are going to look back in time, and I think what he has done will be more appreciated later on than it is right now.”
Westbrook is now averaging 22.9 points,11.1 rebounds and 10.6 assists this season. There’s not a statistic for “incredible plays,” but he performed one Friday night with this no-look assist to Steven Adams.
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— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 6, 2019
“[I’m] just blessed,” Westbrook said. “I do what I do every single night, regardless of what anybody says, what they call it, what they say.”