Russell Westbrook has now got the second most triple-doubles of any active NBA player

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If Stephen Curry wasn't breaking records left, right and centre, Russell Westbrook's star would surely be shining a lot brighter than it already is.

Curry can indeed drop three-pointers in from outer space. The Warriors guard leads the league in scoring with an average of 30.4 points a night and as the NBA Champions have caught the public's imagination in the pursuit of the Chicago Bulls 1995-96 regular season record, the reigning MVP's stock has only continued to soar.

But what about Westbrook; a man who has won the All-Star Game MVP award for two-years running, lists second in the league for assists, third in steals and eighth in scoring?

Bear in mind, Westbrook plays on the same Oklahoma City Thunder outfit as the free-scoring Kevin Durant, who himself is third on the scorers list.

It's natural that comparisons might be drawn between the two elite point guards. However, Westbrook is earning a reputation as one of the most well-rounded players in the entire NBA with his consistent triple-doubles.

Curry's volume of points is insane in it's own right, but Westbrook is displaying a profound affect on the game in multiple areas. So much so, that he's breathing down the neck of another world-class star for the triple-double mantle.

After recording 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 20 assists in the Thunder's victory over Western Conference rivals the Los Angeles Clippers, Westbrook is now the proud owner of 30 triple-doubles during his NBA tenure.

That's the second most scoreboard stuffs of all the active players in the league. A certain LeBron James leads the pack.

Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated tweeted a list of the top five contributors and California-born Westbrook has etched his name ahead of some pretty esteemed company.

The 27-year-old has unrivaled athleticism when driving down the floor and considering he is 6'3", his rebounding belies his size. Westbrook is 32nd in the league for grabbing boards and when you consider James, Paul George, Andrew Bogut, Kristaps Porzingis and Marc Gasol all lag behind him in that department, it highlights what a feat that is.

Registering an average of 2.1 steals per outing suggests Westbrook isn't solely about the highlight plays and posterizing dunks. The five-time All-Star is prepared to get his hands dirty and muck in on defence.

His penchant for thwarting attacks says a lot about his determination and competitiveness and those have been hallmarks in many great players before him and on the triple-double list.

Curry will more than likely walk away with the MVP award for a second year running when all is said and done. However, Westbrook's constant assault on the stats sheet is getting harder and harder to ignore.

Is there a player in the NBA who contributes as broadly to his team as Westbrook?

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