This journey started in early August crushing spectators reports of Russ leaving Oklahoma City to form a super team in Los Angela’s with fellow UCLA alumni Kevin Love. Shortly after the Warrior’s signing of Kevin Durant. Russel Westbrook singed an extension with the team that would make him a free agent in the 2017-18 season. It’s evident of the amount of love shown between Russ and the faithful of Oklahoma City. He had high expectations all year; most felt if the Thunder were going to remain relevant in a very tough Western Conference then Russ would have to carry the team.
Throughout games in prior seasons we’ve seen glimpses of what he could do when Kevin Durant wasn’t on the floor. It was clear that with or without Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook was always going to play his game and put up high number while doing so. He is a true commander on the court proving to be a leader on a very close team in OKC.
Fast forward to the all star break, by already posting 27 triple-doubles at this point in the season it was obvious that MVP talks have begun for Westbrook. At this point in the year was it possible for Westbrook to approach, tie, or maybe even break Oscar Robinson’s legendary record of 41 triple doubles in a season?
Yes it was, currently with four games remaining Russ remains tied with Oscar Robinson. One would think it’s more than likely that we see this record be broken. Russel Westbrook hasn’t missed a game all season and is playing the highest level of basketball out of anyone in the league (yes that includes LeBron James). Also, he’ll most likely finish the regular season averaging a triple double. For a Point Guard that’s huge, because that means he’s averaging over 10+ rebounds a game. The NBA world expected Russ to have a good season, but no one thought he’d take over like he’s doing. He carried this team and made his teammates look good with his strong play and put his team in a solid position to make something happen with their season.
Regardless, if he remains tied or breaks the record this was a historic season for Russ. By showing this consistent performance and unique swagger that makes him stand out; it truly cemented him among the leagues elite. His performances were the reason that his team sits at 6th in the West and will most likely stay there going into the playoffs.
Even if the record is broken and Westbrook is named the league MVP the journey still isn’t over. Most likely the Thunder will have a bout with the Houston Rockets in the first round. The Thunder endured a lot of drama with Kevin Durant this off season, but with a player like this on the squad the sky is always the limit. Russ isn’t trying to only be the MVP or hold the NBA’s most triple doubles in a season all time; he wants to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. He’s one of the most competitive players in the league, every thing he does on the court is to try and win a championship.