Russell Westbrook has more triple-doubles this decade than LeBron James, James Harden, Nikola Jokic combined
Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly the triple-double king of this generation. If the eye test fails, a quick look at his numbers through this decade should show just why.
The 6-foot-3 dynamo has more regular-season triple-doubles than LeBron James, teammate James Harden, and pivot wizard Nikola Jokic combined, racking up 143 in the last decade to their 139:
Most triple-doubles in the NBA from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 30, 2019:
1️⃣ 143 – Russell Westbrook
2️⃣ 62 – LeBron James
3️⃣ 42 – James Harden
4️⃣ 35 – Nikola Jokic
5️⃣ 30 – Rajon Rondo
* regular season only
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) December 31, 2019
It’s worth noting Westbrook came into the NBA in 2008 but saw immediate action right from the jump. Harden was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder a year later but didn’t start to break out until his fourth year in the league when he was traded to the Rockets. James is in his 17th year in the league and joined the Miami Heat in July 2010 after falling short in the playoffs, losing in the second round to the Boston Celtics.
Jokic is in his fifth year in the league and hasn’t had quite the same time to rack up triple-doubles as the others, but he has rapidly put up 35 in four seasons and change, in pace to outdo what James and Harden have mustered in the span of a decade.
Yet Westbrook is undeniable a completely different animal when it comes to stuffing the stat sheet, doing so even from his time playing next to Kevin Durant to going completely ballistic once he left in 2016, smashing the record books and becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson to average the mythological triple-double for an entire NBA season — now doing so for three straight seasons (2016-17—2018-19).
Russell Westbrook will have a chance to earn one more triple-double this decade when his Rockets face Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Westbrook returns to the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans for rest purposes.