Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles (18) this season, tying a mark set by Magic Johnson in the 1981-1982 season. Westbrook is the rare point guard that is versatile enough to do everything exceptionally well. Quite similar to Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo, who the team shifted to point guard near the end of the season.
Finishing the season strong by recording five triple-doubles, Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks a glimpse at what he is capable of as their starting point guard. That glimpse was enough for Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has said that Antetokounmpo will be the team's starting point guard next season. Kidd said he believes that Antetokounmpo can be in the same point guard conversation as Westbrook and possibly even average a triple-double.
Kidd said it's possible a player could average a triple-double even though it would be extremely difficult.
"You can't say no," Kidd said, "and I hate to put that pressure on him [Antetokounmpo]. You look at what [Russell] Westbrook has done. There's going to be a chance for a player to do something Oscar has done, and that's averaging a triple-double.
"Is there a player that could do it? Westbrook is probably one. Giannis is probably right there in that same conversation. As he gets older and starts to dissect the game better, you can't rule him out."
With 118 triple-doubles in his own playing career (the NBA's league leader), Kidd should know about Antetokounmpo's ability to get them. However, it is important to note that Kidd isn't saying that Antetokounmpo will definitely average a triple-double. He couldn't even do that it in his own illustrious career.
Kidd just said he thinks it is possible because well anything is possible. And Kidd apparently believes Antetokounmpo can be in the conversation of players of Westbrook's caliber. Which could happen, especially if Antetokounmpo is able to build off his strong finish to the season and continue to develop.