Collison has spent his entire career with the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, and has been a stalwart role player.
Westbrook's achievement is only the third time in National Basketball Association history someone has averaged a triple-double - Oscar Robertson did it in 1961-62, and Westbrook did it a year ago. And minutes into the third quarter, Westbrook had his historical moment pulling down rebound number 16 in just 22 minutes.
What will be interesting to see is if he decides to just go for it and get the 16 rebounds needed, even if it requires moving teammates out of the way or purposely missing a shot to collect his own rebound.
Russell Westbrook is the only player to average multiple triple-double seasons.
"Since everybody wants to be talking, I'm exhausted of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s***".
Russ entered the contest averaging 25.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, and a league-leading 10.1 assists over 79 games. I come out and play and I get the ball faster than somebody else gets to it.
"The game will tell you what you need to do", Westbrook said. That's what it is.
"If you don't want it, I'm gonna get it. Simple as that", he said. Although James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and others have received most of the attention regarding this year's MVP award, Westbrook's numbers have been unbelievable yet again.
Westbrook, 29, attained a triple-double last season as he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 47-34 overall which is good for seventh place in the Western Conference standings. But despite praising his former teammate Harden, Westbrook did not have a pick for the MVP award this season. "Obviously, he's having a good year, a great year". Meanwhile, the Thunder are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four home games and 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 home games against a team with a losing road record.
"Nah, I don't have a pick", he added.