In part two of this roundtable, we talk about an achievement that is becoming more commonplace in the NBA. With athletic point guards and insanely high usage rates, triple-doubles are happening more and more in the league. But, which Dallas Mavericks player is most likely to grab one?
The triple-double is not something that is a lost art in the NBA anymore, however it may still be in Dallas. With Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double last season, recording 42 for the year, it is obvious that the era of the triple double is in full swing. That is not to take away the incredible feat that Westbrook accomplished last season, but there is no doubt that the focus on all-around play is higher than it has ever been.
Consider LeBron James, who for years has lost out on comparisons with Michael Jordan because he doesn’t have the killer instinct that MJ had. However, the argument for King James has forever brought up the fact that his game is strong in every stat, not just scoring. That argument is neither here nor there, but it is important because we can see the focus on all-around play that has not always been in the NBA.
The NBA as a whole had 117 triple-doubles last season, including more than one from 11 different players. This is amazing compared to the previous season totals of 75 and 44. They are becoming more regular occurrences in the NBA and a big part of that is because of Westbrook.
Despite the increase in stat-stuffers, the Mavs haven’t had a triple-double performance since the 2015-16 season when Raymond Felton put together a monstrous 10-11-11 triple double against the Washington Wizards. Obviously the Mavs do not have a rich history of triple-double performances.
That said, we give our thoughts on who is most likely to earn a triple-double on the Mavs current roster. Most people seem to agree on one player in particular.
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