Russell Westbrook has finally passed Oscar Robertson on the all-time triple double list. Here’s the top ten all-time triple double leaders in the NBA.
Russell Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson on the all-time list for most triple doubles on Tuesday night.
The Washington Wizards guard notched the 182nd triple-double of his career with his tenth rebound against the Hawks.
Westbrook scored 28 points, dished 21 assists, and grabbed 13 rebounds in a close 124-123 loss against Atlanta, putting him out on his own on the all-time triple double list.
The point guard tied the ‘the Big O’s’ record last week with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists against the Pacers.
Russ is also on pace to average a triple-double this season with 22 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 11.5 assists per game.
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NBA all-time triple double list
Russell Westbrook is now the all-time leader in NBA triple doubles.
Here’s the top 10 all-time triple double leaders.
- Russell Westbrook – 182
- Oscar Robertson – 181
- Magic Johnson – 138
- Jason Kidd – 107
- LeBron James – 99
- Wilt Chamberlain – 78
- Larry Bird – 59
- James Harden – 58
- Nikola Jokic – 56
- Fat Lever – 43
Westbrook on surpassing Oscar Robertson as the all-time triple double leader
Speaking last week about matching Robertson’s record, Westbrook said: “Man, it’s unbelievable”.
“I’m truly blessed and thankful. I’m just thankful for everybody along the way along this journey.”
“To be in conversation with Oscar, one, I want to just thank him because he set the stage.
“He sacrificed a lot of things for us to be able to go out and play. The times he played in and the things he was able to do back in the day has allowed me to be able to do things I want to do today.
“Just grateful for him, grateful for his words and appreciative of his support, as well.”
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Oscar Robertson’s long-standing triple double record
Oscar Robertson played 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals, finishing his career with the Milwaukee Bucks in the early 1970s.
The 1964 NBA MVP and 1971 NBA champion averaged a triple-double once in his career, in 1961-62.
Robertson ended the season with 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game.
Only one other person in NBA history has averaged a triple double for an entire season, Russell Westbrook, who has done it three times.
He is on pace to achieve this for a fourth time this season.
Robertson himself was rooting for Westbrook to break his record and recently described him as “one of the elite guards in basketball”.
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Current NBA players and Hall of Famers pay tribute to Westbrook
Upon breaking the record, a number of current and former players paid homage to Westbrook and his extraordinary achivement.