NBA MVP Watch: Triple-double machines leading the way

Ali Guidoum

Sports Blogger



Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder

(Keith Allison, Flickr)
(Keith Allison, Flickr)

Russell Westbrook has been a force to be reckoned with this season. Westbrook has already notched 20, yes you read that correctly, 20 triple-doubles this season. It seems after the departure of Kevin Durant, Westbrook has taken matter into his own hands and really is doing what he wants. Westbrook leads the league in scoring and averages a triple-double with 30.7 points per game, 10.3 assists and 10.5 rebounds.


James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets

Before the season started, James Harden was moved from shooting guard to point guard and it raised a lot of eyebrows, but it turns out it was a great decision from coach Mike D’antoni. The Rockets are third in the Western Conference behind Harden’s tremendous play. Harden is the fourth player in NBA history to record back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles. From dazzling moves, to acrobatic assists, to being the player to take the clutch shot, Harden has done everything he can do to continue the Rockets’ success this season. Harden averages 28.4 points, 11.7 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game. It’s crazy to think he and Westbrook used to be on the same team at one point.


Isaiah Thomas, point guard, Boston Celtics

Mr. Irrelevant has become relevant in Boston. Thomas leads the league in fourth quarter scoring with an average of 10.1 points and has scored over 15 points eight times in the fourth this season. Thomas also leads the Eastern Conference in scoring and is tied third overall with James Harden, averaging 28.4 points a game. Thomas has led the Celtics to the third-best record in the east.

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