When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder this past offseason to join the Golden State Warriors, people looked towards Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to step up and carry the team. So far, he has not disappointed. The Thunder have a winning record and have found solid role players in Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and Victor Oladipo. The real star of this team has been Westbrook, who is averaging 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists per game. Through 22 games of the season, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double. So far, he has 11 triple-doubles and as of tonight (Monday, December 5th) he has recorded six triple-doubles in a row. One more and he ties Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson with 7 in a row, and if he gets to 9, he will tie Wilt Chamberlain. That lands Westbrook in a plethora of three of the greatest NBA players in history.
The real question, though, is whether or not Westbrook will average a triple-double throughout the whole 82-game season. Only the great Oscar Robertson has achieved this feat. During the 1961–62 season, Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game. That season he recorded 41 triple-doubles, which was 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain recorded that season. If Westbrook keeps doing what he’s doing, he just may surpass Oscar Robertson with the most triple-doubles in a single season. To me, Westbrook is already the heavy favorite to win the MVP. Right now, I think that James Harden and Anthony Davis are his only competitors at this point in the season. All three of them are playing terrific basketball but I think that due to the fact that Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, I predict that he will be the unanimous MVP at the end of the season.