It’s been 55 years since the Hall of Famer averaged a triple-double for a full season – 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists – and nobody in the NBA has averaged double figures in all three categories since. So nobody’s more qualified than Robertson to shoot down the idea that Westbrook – who opens his season Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, against whom he’s posted triple doubles in three straight games – can’t accomplish the season-long feat. But he won’t. “I first will ask this: Why do (people) think he wouldn’t do it?” Robertson said this week. “It’s not impossible. I think he has all the tools to do it.”
“If anybody could, it’d be number 0,” teammate Victor Oladiopo said of Westbrook. “People are just gifted, man. Some people just have God-given ability, and he’s one of them. It wouldn’t shock me if he did.”
The NBA announced Tuesday that a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories are on opening night rosters to start the 2016-17 season. Canada leads all countries for the third straight year with 11 NBA players, followed by France with 10, Brazil with nine, and Australia and Spain with eight.