USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick spoke with Oscar Robertson about the historic season Russell Westbrook is having.

Only nine NBA players have ever averaged at least eight points, eight assists and eight rebounds in a single season. Three of those players — Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and James Harden — are doing so this year.

Talk about history.

With Westbrook — who’s averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists (in 34.7 minutes; 30.5 player efficiency rating) — one triple-double away from passing Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a single season (42) and just 16 assists away from becoming the second player in NBA history (joining Robertson; 1961-62) to average a triple-double throughout an entire season, we take a look at those eight players in an effort to put Westbrook’s dominance into historical context.

Note: Of the nine players, two (Magic Johnson and Robertson) had multiple seasons where they averaged at least eight points, rebounds and assists. Their season with the most triple-doubles was chosen.

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James Harden • PG • Houston Rockets (2016-17)

  • Statistics: 29.2 points, 11.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 36.5 minutes, 20 triple-doubles, 27.3 PER
  • Recap: Harden, who has made some triple-double history of his own during his MVP pursuit, joins Westbrook as the only players in NBA history with multiple 50-point triple-doubles in a single season. He’s also on pace to become just the second player in NBA history to average at least 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

LeBron James • SF • Cleveland Cavaliers (2016-17)

  • Statistics: 26.2 points, 8.8 assists, 8.6 rebounds, 37.6 minutes, 12 triple-doubles, 26.8 PER
  • Recap: With Westbrook and Harden stealing the headlines at the top of the MVP conversation, it’s easy to overlook James, 32, who’s averaging career highs in both rebounds and assists and already has the most single-season triple-doubles of his career (previous high was seven).

Jason Kidd • PG • New Jersey Nets (2006-07)

  • Statistics: 13.0 points, 9.2 assists, 8.2 rebounds, 36.7 minutes, 12 triple-doubles, 19.4 PER
  • Recap: Kidd, who had already been to back-to-back NBA Finals, led a Nets team of Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, where they lost to the Cavaliers in six games. Kidd averaged a triple-double (14.6 points, 10.9 assists, 10.9 rebounds) through 12 playoff games.

Darrell Walker • PG • Washington Bullets (1989-90)

  • Statistics: 9.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 35.6 minutes, nine triple-doubles, 15.6 PER
  • Recap: Walker, the only player on this list who isn’t a current-or-future Hall of Famer, put up career highs in rebounds, assists and minutes for a Bullets team — led by Bernard King and Jeff Malone — that finished 31-51.

Michael Jordan • SG • Chicago Bulls (1988-89)

  • Statistics: 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 40.2 minutes, 15 triple-doubles, 31.1 PER
  • Recap: In what was perhaps the greatest all-around season of his career, Jordan led the league in scoring (again) and tallied career highs in both rebounds and assists. During the final stretch of the season, he recorded 10 triple-doubles in 11 games, including a streak of seven straight (which was tied by Westbrook this season). His dominance carried into the playoffs, where he averaged 34.8 points, 7.6 assists and 7.0 rebounds through 17 games and hit “The Shot” over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo in Game 5 of the first round, though the Bulls went on to lose in the Eastern Conference finals to the Pistons. 

Magic Johnson • PG • Los Angeles Lakers (1981-82)

  • Statistics: 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 38.3 minutes, 18 triple-doubles, 22.9 PER
  • Recap: A year after he played just 37 games with a knee injury and the Lakers fell in the first round of a best-of-three series with Houston, Johnson — despite in-season turmoil commandeering the headlines — willed the Lakers to another championship, where he earned his second Finals MVP in his first three seasons. Johnson also nearly averaged a triple-double in 1980-81 (21.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.6 assists) and 1982-83 (16.8 points, 10.5 assists, 8.6 rebounds).

Wilt Chamberlain • C • Philadelphia 76ers (1967-68)

  • Statistics: 24.3 points, 23.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 46.8 minutes, 31 triple-doubles, 24.7 PER
  • Recap: In his final year in Philadelphia, Chamberlain — often criticized for being selfish on the court — became the only center in NBA history to lead the league in assists. His all-around impact earned him his third straight MVP award, but a championship eluded him, as the Sixers fell to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. 

Oscar Robertson • PG • Cincinnati Royals (1961-62)

  • Statistics: 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 44.3 minutes, 41 triple-doubles, 26.0 PER
  • Recap: Not only did Robertson — who was revolutionizing the game with an all-around skillset seldom seen at the point guard position — average a triple-double during his second year in the league, he came oh so close to doing so as a rookie (30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 9.7 assists) and from 1962-65, where he never averaged less than 28 points, 9.5 assists or nine rebounds.

All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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