If I was an NBA GM (which we can all agree that I’d be better than Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson at the job), and I could draft anyone to start a team, I would pick Kurt Rambis because this world needs better vision. Just kidding. I would absolutely pick Russell Westbrook and not even think twice about it.
My apologies to LeBron, KD, Steph Curry, James Harden and Isaiah Thomas, (the nicer one), but — let’s face it — Westbrook has better statistics than all of the Brooklyn Nets combined. Put it this way, his 2016-17 season is hotter than Netflix, kale, and full-time DJ’s in Las Vegas.
Let’s start with his ridiculous numbers. The Thunder star is averaging 30.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG and 10.2 APG. That’s right, he’s AVERAGING a triple-double and as of Thursday Feb. 9, he’s accomplished the feat 26 times. The only way anyone else is having that many triple-doubles in one season is if it’s a fast food item at Taco Bell.
Even more impressive than the stats is Westbrook’s absolutely poignant and downright scary killer instinct on the court. When he gets going, there is no one faster, tougher and more determined — and I grew up watching Dennis Rodman throwing elbows in people’s backs for fun.
So how does the all-everything player stack up with other great seasons from NBA legends? If No. 0 is able to keep up his astonishing triple double pace, then he will have been the first player since Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson in’s the ‘1961-62 season to average a triple-double the amazing feat.
But a closer look at the numbers shows that Westbrook’s accomplishment is even more impressive. Robertson’s Celtics averaged a whopping 125 possessions a game in 1964, the era when he secured the triple-double record.
Last year, the Golden State Warriors led the league with only 99 possessions.
And don’t forget this other significant fact: Robertson was playing against mostly tiny white people who all looked like miniature Bobby Hurleys.
Westbrook goes to bat every night against some of the best athletes in the world. Don’t get me wrong, he’s one of the all-time greats, but Robertson’s record is like if Floyd Mayweather only boxed Macaulay Culkin.
So, let’s compare Westbrook’s season with another indisputable giant: Michael Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls guard, star of “Space Jam,” and brief owner of a weird Hitler mustache.
Earlier this year, Russ already thumped Jordan’s previous record of consecutive triple doubles at seven. And going off sheer numbers alone, the only season that Jordan even came closer to Westbrook’s current averages is that same 1989-1990 campaign, when he secured 33.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 6.3 APG.
With that being said, Jordan is still Jordan, and his intangibles and will to win are pretty unmatched by anyone in any sport or field except for maybe Meryl Streep or the Jerky Boys.
Either way, Westbrook’s wizardry is undoubtedly one of essential reasons why the NBA is back and better than ever.