Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
Fifteen, that’s how many more triple-doubles Russell Westbrook needs to have the record for most triple-doubles in NBA history. Westbrook is averaging 30.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 10.1 assists. Although the Thunders’ winning ways might be inconsistent, Westbrook doesn’t seem to pull the foot off the pedal and tends to dominate a game at any given second.
James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets
James Harden leads the league with 44 double-doubles and has 14 triple-doubles. Teams around the league must really “fear the beard” when it comes to facing Harden and the Rockets. Harden has been averaging 29.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 11.3 assists.
Kawhi Leonard, small forward, San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is having a phonemical season that has somehow been overshadowed by other ongoing things in the NBA. Leonard is shooting a career-high 48 percent from the field and is posting 25.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Leonard and the Spurs are second in the Western Conference and are only four games back from taking the top spot. Leonard is the 10th player in the past 25 seasons to score 30-plus points in four straight road games. Leonard is on pace to join the 50-40-90 club and has done his part for being a candidate for the MVP award.
Isaiah Thomas, point guard, Boston Celtics
Isaiah Thomas leads the league in fourth quarter points and is second in the league in scoring. Thomas is averaging 29.8 points and 6.4 assists per game. Thomas has been on fire this year and continues to have the clutch factor in the fourth quarter. Thomas has the Celtics as the second seed in the Eastern Conference.