Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook must go down as one of the game’s greats after another incredible triple-double in their 154-141 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Westbrook had 24 assists along with 21 rebounds and 14 points for the Wizards, meaning he will have a triple-double average for the fourth season in his career.
The point guard’s 24 assists was an equal career-high, while the Wizards’ 50 for the game was a franchise record and the best in NBA history since 1990.
It was also Westbrook’s 32nd triple-double of the season, taking him to 178 for his career, only three short of Oscar Robertson’s all-time record.
“I’ve been fortunate to see him for eight years,” said Brooks, who coached Westbrook at the Oklahoma City Thunder. “He does a lot of things that are pretty much superhuman at times.
“Point guards don’t do what he does. They’re not built that way.
“I used to always say, he’s going to go down as the third best point guard ever. I think he’s passed one, he’s going to go down as the second best. One is obviously Magic [Johnson].
“He’s doing MVP-type things every game. He’s as high a level as a player this league has ever seen.”
Westbrook is averaging 21.8 points per game, 11.3 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per game this season.
“Personally I feel like I’m the best playmaker in this league because I’m able to do things that nobody else can do,” Westbrook said.
“I take pride in playmaking and passing it and making my teammates better. I’m grateful to have a bunch of teammates that make my job so much easier.”