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Last season, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles for the third straight year, tallying an NBA-record 42 of them. More incredibly, he became only the second player in history to average a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game on way to being named the league’s MVP.

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Westbrook went through a period of adjustment playing alongside a couple of other offensive stars in new teammates Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and as a result did’t get off to the same red-hot start as last year. Still, he has significantly more triple-doubles as any other player in the league — even after losing credit for one after the NBA took away a rebound, in what had been a 22 point, 10 rebound and 10 assist game versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Triple-double tracker: Russell Westbrook leads Harden, Ball, Simmons, James and the pack

Pursuing Westbrook’s triple-double total is much-ballyhooed rookie Ben Simmons (6), third year player Nikola Jokic (5) and wily veterans LeBron James (10) and James Harden (3). The latter became the first player ever to record a triple-double when scoring 60 points during a January 30 win over the Orlando Magic.

Lonzo Ball, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Blake Griffin and Kyle Lowry have all tallied a pair of triple-doubles each, while DeMarcus Cousins collected three before his season-ending achilles injury in late January.

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Westbrook’s latest triple-double came a Valentine’s Day win over the Memphis Grizzlies, with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. The Thunder’s dynamic leader currently leads the league in assists per game, and is in the top ten in scoring.

2017-18 Season

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Games Played
0
Double-Doubles
0
Triple-Doubles

% Games With Triple-Doubles

29.8

% Wins With Triple-Doubles

70.6

LEBRON JAMES

James most recent triple double came in a February 9 win over the Atlanta Hawks when he registered 22 points, 12 rebounds and 19 assists. The three-time NBA MVP is third in the league in assists per game, fifth in scoring, and just outside the top 20 in rebounds.

2017-18 Season

0
Games Played
0
Double-Doubles
0
Triple-Doubles

% Games With Triple-Doubles

17.9

% Wins With Triple-Doubles

80.0

NBA CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLES LEADERS

Oscar Robertson, 181 — 100%
Magic Johnson, 138 — 76.2%
Jason Kidd, 107 — 59.1%
Russell Westbrook, 96 53.0%
Wilt Chamberlain, 78 — 43.0%
LeBron James, 65 35.9%
Larry Bird, 59 — 32.6%
Fat Lever, 43 — 23.8%
James Harden, 34 18.8%
Bob Cousy, 33 — 18.2%
John Havlicek, 31 — 17.1%

Last season, Westbrook passed Fat Lever, James, Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain in career triple-doubles to move into fourth place all time. Next in his sights is Jason Kidd’s tally of 107. Meanwhile, James has passed Bird’s career and now sits at No. 6 all time.