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Four players who are capable of averaging triple-double seasons

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According to Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, LeBron James could average a triple-double "if he wanted to".

James ended Cleveland's 52-year wait for a title last season, but if he was to have a triple-double campaign he would achieve something that hasn't been done in 54 years. 

There's a reason why it's been such a long time since somebody reached that mark; it's incredibly difficult and virtually impossible. 

There are maybe just a handful of players in the league today that could conceivably match that feat and LeBron is certainly one of them. 

Lue made the comment after the King dropped 30 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in the Cavs' 128-122 victory over the Boston Celtics last night as they improved to 5-0.

Through five games, the four-time MVP is currently averaging 22.4 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

LBJ has accomplished almost everything in the game, so it would be foolish to put this past him. It certainly won't surprise anybody if he pulled it off. 

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Here are three other players capable of producing triple-double seasons:

Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

It would be silly to discuss triple-doubles without mentioning the master of that stat-line at present. Westbrook tied Magic Johnson for the most in a single campaign last year when he put up 18. 

It was the most in the last 40 years and the explosive point guard has picked up where he left off this season too. 

He has already produced two, including the first 50-point triple-double since 1975. If you were to put your money on any player averaging this throughout an entire campaign, it would have to be on Russ. 

Phoenix Suns v Oklahoma City Thunder

In his five games so far, the OKC superstar is averaging an incredible 34.2 points, 10 assists and 9.6 rebounds.

As the go-to guy on the Thunder roster now since the departure of Kevin Durant, he's extremely likely to maintain those numbers throughout the campaign. 

James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Since being moved to the point guard position, Harden has become a terrific facilitator for the Rockets in the opening five games.

The Beard has put up some eye-catching numbers averaging 31.8 points, 12.4 assists and 7 rebounds. 

New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

The four-time All-Star has flirted with a triple-double in almost every game he's played in so far, which definitely makes him a contender to produce this throughout an 82-game campaign.

Houston's offence runs through the 27-year-old and if he maintains this level, he will achieve career-high numbers across the board. 

Because the Rockets and Harden don't play much defence, they have bought into D'Antoni's offensive system and have become a free-scoring team so a triple-double year is possible for him. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) 

This may be a surprising choice to many, but the Greek Freak is currently leading the Bucks in almost every category. 

Milwaukee Bucks v Washington Wizards

He's posting 24 points, 6.4 assists and 8.8 rebounds, whilst shooting 55 percent from the field.

The 21-year-old has been showing huge improvement each year and is likely to have career-highs in those numbers by the end of the season. 

Giannis may not go on to average a triple-double this year, but you can certainly earmark him to do so at some point in his career.

He is a triple threat on the court for the Bucks and having agreed on a four-year, $100 million contract extension in Milwaukee, he will be their franchise player for the foreseeable future. 

Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

The youngster does everything on the floor for Jason Kidd's team on both ends and is likely to get his first All-Star appearance in New Orleans in February too. The sky is the limit for him.

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LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Western Conference
James Harden
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