Richard Jefferson Explains Why Russell Westbrook Will Not Average a Triple Double With the Lakers

Published 09/18/2021, 5:10 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after a three point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly one of the best point guards of our generation, An explosive beast like no others, Westbrook has undoubtedly excelled in multiple facets of the game. Individual accolades certainly followed Brodie.

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Be it All-Star appearances, All-NBA selections or even an MVP trophy Westbrook has won it all. But one trophy has eluded the 10-time All-Star so far, the NBA championship. While he has tried his level best to reach the ultimate goal, he has always fell short of the same with either Finals losses or even first-round exits.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13:
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after hitting a three pointer during the first quarter of the game between the Washington Wizards and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, March 13, 2021. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

After spending the last two seasons in any team’s trading block, the Lakers’ have taken a big swing at the 32-year-old. Given their team lacked a good starting point guard, Brodie seems like a match made in heaven. With a plethora of moves, the Purple and Gold will hope that they have enough to challenge for the title.

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Richard Jefferson explains why Russell Westbrook will not average a triple double

One of the biggest and the unique records that Westbrook holds over the years is his capability to put on a triple double in a regular basis. An absolute triple double machine, the 2017 MVP broke the record for most triple doubles recorded as he eclipsed legendary guard Oscar Robertson.

While he has averaged a triple double for four seasons in the last five years, former Nets forward Richard Jefferson thinks ‘Brodie’ might not be able to  achieve the same feat this season, In a recent appearance at the Jump, Jefferson explained why Westbrook might not be able to put up his usual triple double numbers.

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“He is not going to even come remotely close because you know LeBron James and his 25, 7 and 7. Anthony Davis is talking about I want to win defensive player of the year. You know what that means you got to do you got to rebound right, you got Rondo out there that’s going to be dishing, Bron’s trying to dish.”

He added, “It’s just the sheer opportunity, but if Russ decides that I want to average 18, 7 and seven that is the going to be the best version if this lakers team is completely healthy I think that’s the best version of Russ.”

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Unlike his other teams, Westbrook this time might not be the only ball dominant player on the court. While Bron does prefer to play as a small forward, he is probably one of the best playmakers the league has ever seen.

Given the star power available in the side, ‘Brodie’ likely is the third best option and his numbers might take a hit due to the same. Do you think Westbrook will average a triple double for the upcoming season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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