Russell Westbrook’s torrid pace is almost unfathomable to watch or even believe. He’s on pace for the first triple-double in over 50 years.
Currently Westbrook is averaging 31.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists in 57 games.
Westbrook could have a hard time getting the triple-double as Enes Kanter is out and Kanter accounts for 65 assists for Westbrook. That’s 11 percent of Westbrook’s overall assists. Luckily his top two assist compadres, Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo are still in the fold. They account for 43 percent of all Westbrook’s assists.
So, that’s where it’s going to fall. Those two are going to need to continue picking up their slack. Oladipo is definitely the more inconsistent of the two. Adams, known for his pick-n-roll abilities paired with Westbrook, can really attack and continue what he’s doing.
Though, the real missing piece is someone no one wants to account on: Andre Roberson.
Of Roberson’s 126 assisted baskets, Westbrook has been the sharer on 86 attempts. That’s third most on the team, 15 percent. Roberson needs to find a way to score and if he does, Westbrook will get his goal of a triple-double for an entire season. Because we’ve seen it when players don’t score, Westbrook’s assists numbers dip and the cringeworthy shooting of Westbrook’s teammates forces Russ into being a one-man show which works out about half the time.
For Westbrook it needs to be done early, too. Assists in the fourth quarter are slim compared to other levels. Westbrook only averages 1.9 assists in the fourth quarter this season. Seeing how he often sits for the first 3-4 minutes of the quarter, it’s imperative Westbrook reach 8-9 assist mark by the third quarter.
Assist totals have been drastically different than rebounding. He’s only had three games of 10 or more assists over his last eight games. Before February, Westbrook was averaging 10.3 rebounds per game. Unfortunately in February, Westbrook is averaging only 9.0 rebounds per game.
Westbrook’s rebounding is on fire. He’s pulled down 14, 12, and 18 different rebounding totals in his last five games. Five of his last seven games have been double digit rebounding totals. Before February, he was averaging 10.3 rebounds per game. He’s not much different in February, only 10.1 boards.
So, here’s what Westbrook needs to obtain the triple-double:
Rebounds: 220 rebounds (8.9 per game).
Assists: 243 rebounds (9.7 per game).
The per game totals could drop if Westbrook sits out any games. However, I’d be surprised if Westbrooks sits out without any injury.
It’s going to be a tight fight to the end for the triple-double crown. Oklahoma City needs every bit of it. When Westbrook gets a triple-double, the Thunder are 21-6 when he gets one and only 12-19 when he doesn’t.
The Thunder’s season hangs on whether or not Westbrook continues the triple-double pace. They needs his production. He needs it if he’s going to win the MVP.