Russell Westbrook has set the single-season record for most triple-doubles in a season. But while Westbrook and some of his peers put up big numbers every night, other NBA players are not so statistically blessed. For them, a good night is putting up a triple-single.
So let’s take a minute to honor the NBA regulars who will never threaten Westbrook’s record.
PG – Raymond Felton, Clippers
The only time anyone has felt Raymond Felton could go off was back a couple years ago when he was busted for firearm possession. His biggest explosion of this season came back on Christmas when he put up 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in a loss to the Lakers. This year he has averaged 6, 2 and 2 for the Clippers despite playing in 78 games, starting 11 and averaging more than 20 minutes per game. On a team with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick, Felton knows his role and he fills it, if not the stat sheet.
SG – Glenn Robinson III, Pacers
RGIII. GRIII. Maybe athletes should do away with the letters R and G and the Roman numeral III. They don’t seem to be working too well. The son of the former Bucks All-Star has averaged more than 20 minutes a game this year in a career-high 69 games. No, not nice. Not nice at all. Because Robinson averages just 6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists in all that time. Zero-point-seven! Not even enough to register on a passalyzer test. That’s the number you average when your air balls occasionally land in the hands of wide open teammates and the official scorer feels bad.
SF – Andre Roberson, Thunder
If matter can not be created or destroyed, and if stats are matter, then Russell Westbrook is getting his stats from somewhere. That somewhere is Andre Roberson’s line on the score sheet. The 25-year old is a regular starter for OKC and is averaging a career-high 30 minutes per game, but he averages just 6.6 points, 5.1 boards and one assist, one steal and one block per game. The rare quintuple-single player.
PF – Dante Cunningham, Pelicans
Cunningham has started 33 games for New Orleans this season and averages 6 points, 4 rebounds and half of an assist, block and steal per game. He has played 144 games over the past two years for the Pelicans and started 79 of those, but doesn’t have a single double-double since February of 2015. That’s pretty hard to do. Not triple-double hard, but close! Sadly, the Pelicans are not impressed by Cunningham’s achievements. When New Orleans acquired DeMarcus Cousins this winter, Cunningham’s playing time took a significant hit.
C – Cole Aldrich, Timberwolves
While not a player who gets big minutes every night like the rest of the Triple-Single All-Stars — Aldrich averages just 8.5 minutes per game — he earns a spot on this team for managing to forge a seven-year NBA career while offering pretty much nothing to a team beyond awkward height. Aldrich has played for six different NBA teams in his career, starting only 23 of 317 games in that span — with a career-high 16 starts on the Knicks in 2015. Why did he start so many games for the Knicks? Because the Knicks are a punchline. Duh. That was a dumb question you asked.
But despite averaging 3, 3 and 0.6 for his career, Cole Aldrich has made more than $17 million and is owed $14 million more on his current deal. That makes all of us the punchline, not Cole Aldrich. Sad!