Last year, when Russell Westbrook averaged a triple double for the season, he was crowned Most Valuable Player of the NBA and every media critic and player couldn’t help but to gush in astonishment at his huge accomplishment.
This season, he did the exact same thing, yet nobody is really talking about it. He’s not in the running for MVP anymore, even though he just locked down a historic record.
Going into the last game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, Westbrook needed 16 rebounds to reach the goal and it happened. With about nine minutes left in the third quarter, Russ grabbed the last rebound he needed and the crowd in Oklahoma City cheered for him. From the moment he grabbed the airball to the timeout, everybody in the arena got on their feet and gave him a standing ovation.
Westbrook finished the game with 6 points, 20 rebounds and 19 assists ultimately finishing his season average at 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists.
Whether you think he was stat padding today or other games, the fact is he notched triple-doubles on back-to-back years and that task is unheard of in today’s game.
Congrats to Russ for making history.
Now it’s time to show out in the playoffs and make a run with the Thunder. With that team, they have a shot to make a threat, even though it’ll be tough in the West.