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Russell Westbrook & the history of NBA triple-doubles

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With Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double later in the season than any player since Oscar Robertson, we look into the history of the triple-double stat in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

Jason and Rich talk about how impressive Westbrook’s feat is especially for a 6-foot-3 guard, why Westbrook shouldn’t be used to disparage Oscar Robertson and vice versa, how LeBron James is also quietly coming close to a triple-double season, how not all triple-doubles are created equal, how the term triple-double wasn’t well known until the mid-1980s, what other players have come closest to averaging a triple-double for a season, which players have the most triple-doubles in their career, and other fun triple-double trivia.

We also look at other well-rounded seasons from players like Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Grant Hill, James Harden and others. Plus we dig into the most impressive triple-doubles ever, some oddball triple-doubles, and funny stories about Bob Sura and Ricky Davis trying to earn their last rebounds.