In the wake of Kevin Durant’s departure, the Thunder haven’t batted an eye. They’re on a 4 game win streak, thanks in huge part to Russell Westbrook’s 4 game triple-double streak.
That marks 9 triple doubles for the season for Westbrook, and a season average triple double as well. He’s the first player to average one since Oscar Robertson. If he maintains form, he’s on pace to rack up an unbelievable 37 triple doubles on the season. His head coach, Billy Donnavan, thinks he can make it all season with a triple double average. Via Norman Transcript:
“Yeah, he could do it. He could do it,” Donovan said. “I’m not gonna say he is or isn’t because I think the more important thing is Russell is winning, but he’s a guy that has great impact on generating assists. He has a great impact on rebounding the basketball, and he can score. So, there’s certainly a possibility that can happen. Obviously what he’s done this point in time has been pretty remarkable.”
Some accuse Westbrook of “stat padding,” but his coach doesn’t see it that way. He’s doing what it takes to win, and as the clear star of the team, he’s giving everything he’s got. Even if he is stat padding, how many players could get that many triple doubles even if they were trying?