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Basketball Insiders - It took only 27 minutes and three quarters, but Russell Westbrook (17 triple-doubles) tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a single season in the past 30 years with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 124-102 romp of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
So last night, Russell Westbrook made history. 17 triple doubles is nuts, and thats what Magic put up in his whole career. I'm sure when it's all said and done, Westbrook will finish his career with 25 or more triple doubles. The guy is nuts, got the chance to see him and Durant play last month, and oh boy did the Celtics get crushed.
So I went, back and looked at the 2008 NBA draft, the year Russ entered the league. Originally, I thought he was picked later in the lottery, but he actually went 4th overall. The only major question here, is why did O.J. Mayo go top 3. I mean he was good at USC, and I remember him even having a solid year or two in the league, but his numbers absolutely suck now: 7.8 ppg, 2.9 ast, and 2.6 rebounds. The guy was a number 3 pick who we were told would change a franchise.
I looked into the draft even more, of course I had to remind myself who the Celtics drafted, and I absolutely burst out laughing. J.R. Giddens at the number 30 pick, and Semih Erden with the 60 pick. This was the year we were coming off a title, however this is no excuse. In a draft, where we could have taken Deandre Jordan or Goran Dragic before taking J.R. Giddens there's just no excuse. Don't know what Ainge was thinking here, but every things okay now. We just kicked Golden States ass, and we got Isaiah DA GAWD on our side.
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