The NBA peak for triple-doubles after the All-Star break is held by Wilt Chamberlain ... with an unfathomable 24 in the 1967-68 season.
So we can’t describe what we’re seeing from Russell Westbrook as record-setting.
Yet I still think we can get away with astonishing after Ridiculous Russ, with his 10th triple-double of the season Sunday, moved up to eight of them since the All-Star break, which is just four shy of the most we’ve seen from anyone after All-Star Weekend over the past 40 years.
With 12 points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists in the Thunder’s 93-75 win over Miami, Westbrook has Michael Jordan in his sights, as the following chart from the Elias Sports Bureau attests:
Westbrook, furthermore, is just the sixth player in the past 30 seasons to make it into double figures for triple-doubles in a single season, joining Jason Kidd (2007-08), Grant Hill (1996-97), Magic Johnson (1990-91), Larry Bird (1989-90) and Fat Lever (1987-88).