The nine-time All-Star was in L.A.’s starting lineup to begin the season, but that changed after three games.
Near the end of October, he took on a bench role, and ever since, he hasn’t looked back.
Since the move, Westbrook has averaged 15.1 points, 8.0 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game.
On Tuesday, he checked a major box by registering his third triple-double of the season, all of which have come off the bench.
He’s now the only player in NBA history to post three or more triple-doubles off the bench in a single season.
Westbrook now has 3 triple-doubles off the bench.
The most triple-doubles ever off the bench in a season. pic.twitter.com/U4DN9u7dob
— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 28, 2022
It’s a unique stat, but it’s an impressive accomplishment for Westbrook.
The 34-year-old has done a really nice job of making an impact this season despite his imperfect fit on L.A.’s roster.
The Triple-Double King
No player in NBA history has more career triple-doubles than Westbrook.
In 2021, he passed Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the all-time lead.
Westbrook has accumulated 197 triple-doubles in his career, and if he keeps playing at a high level this season, he may very well reach 200 before the campaign ends.
In Tuesday’s game, his triple-double helped the Lakers earn their 14th win of the season.
The point guard finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Los Angeles is now 14-20 and remains in the hunt for a play-in bid in the Western Conference.
The squad’s next game will come Wednesday against the Miami Heat.