I created these four mashups of Aztec gods + NBA players for a piece called “The Tenochtitlan Triple-Double” featured on The Step Back.

When Tenochtitlan’s point guard Ilhicamina (“he shoots arrows at the sky”) was able to rack up a triple-double on the ōllamalitzli court, it was literally twice the modern accomplishment — 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 20 assists — and that’s before you even consider the fact that the ōllamalitzli hoop was hanging like 20 feet in the air and the players were shooting the ball with their hips not with their hands.

James Harden had a rare 50-point triple-double on January 27 2017 in a Rockets win over the Sixers.

Aztec Triple Double - Harden

Russell Westbrook set a new record for triple-doubles in a single season (42) in 2016-17, surpassing Oscar Robertson’s long-standing mark. He joined the “Big O” as the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.

Aztec Triple Double - Westbrook

LeBron James has demonstrated he is capable of collecting 15 rebounds or dishing out 15 assists in a single game.

Aztec Triple Double - LeBron

Draymond Green is also a stat-sheet stuffer.

Aztec Triple Double -Draymond

This set of illustrations was inspired by the work of Gwendal Uguen, whose complete collection of Aztec gods can be found in this gallery.

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