Russell Westbrook has amassed a sterling list of accolades to begin his lauded 16-17’ campaign. Just days after being named NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for October/November, Westbrook can now lay claim to Western Conference Player of the Week honors.
For games played from Nov. 28-Dec 4, Westbrook led the Thunder to an unblemished 3-0 record while averaging 30 points, 16 rebounds, and 12.3 assists. Throughout this stretch, Westbrook proffered triple-double performances in each contest.
Overall, this season, the 28-year-old guard leads the NBA with ten triple-doubles. Five of those ten outstanding all-around feats have come in successive outings. The last player to garner such a streak was Michael Jordan during the 1989 season.
Russell Westbrook named Western Conference Player of the Week. Three games. Three wins. Three triple-doubles. pic.twitter.com/PGs5excNce— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 5, 2016
Through his team’s opening 21 games, Westbrook has averaged a triple-double (31 ppg, 11.3 apg, 10.8 rpg) — this is the deepest point in the season any player has done so in the past 51 years.
In addition to his wealth of opening-month achievements, Westbrook also ranks second league-wide in both scoring (31.2 ppg) and assists (11.3).
Currently, the Oklahoma City Thunder sit atop the Northwest Division with a creditable 13-8 record. Westbrook’s historical efforts have sparked a recent five-game winning streak for an OKC iteration still looking to forge a solid identity.
Russell Westbrook has now been named Western Conference Player of the Week 13 times during his eight-year NBA career.