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Triple Doubles

Jason Kidd #5 of the New Jersey Nets

Jason Kidd #5 of the New Jersey Nets

Triple-Doubles are valuable stats showing how well a player performed in the game and how much he contributed to its team. There are 5 positive basketball basic metrics: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks; and triples-doubles require at least 10 at three of those five. In this post, we have collected all triple-doubles statistics in the last 40 NBA seasons (starting of 1975-1976) and we analysed it in various aspects. Total of 1283 TD performed since then, both regular season and play-offs included.



Triple-Doubles by Player Age


The youngest player who recorded a triple doubles in an NBA regular season game is LeBron James. He performed that at age of 20 years and 20 days. Lamar Odom is the 2nd youngest, he did it at 20 years and 54 days. Magic Johnson is the youngest player with a TD in a playoff game at the age of 20 years and 273 days.


On the other hand Karl Malone is the oldest player who recorded a TD, at 40 years and 127 days. John Stockton is the 2nd oldest in a regular season game and the oldest in a playoff game, at the age of 39 years and 33 days.


The below graphs shows all the TDs according to player age.




Triple-Doubles by Seasons


In 1988-89 season, 78 TDs are performed and Most TD in a single season are recorded by Magic Johnson with 17 that year. (Note: Oscar Robertson had 41 TDs in 1961-62). Russel Westbrook have 13 TDs in this season and have a chance to beat Magic Johnson’s 17.




Triple-Doubles by Position


Guards are more inclined to perform a triple-double. Considering game starting playing positions, 766 (59.7%) of all TDs are recorded by guards, 405 of them (31.6%) by forwards and only 112 of them (8.7%) by centers.


This table shows TDs by playing positions:







Triple Doubles Compositions


There are no TDs in NBA history made without points. Most TDs are made with points, rebounds and assists.


There are only two times a TD is performed with less than 10 rebounds: Mookie Blaylock with 14pts, 11ast, 10stl and Kevin Johnson with 17pts, 13ast, 10stl.


In addition these two, there are only three other TDs made with steals (at total 5). And at most 11 steals are performed in a TD. Whereas there are 57 TDs performed with blocks.



Massive Triple-Doubles


Regarding the sum of points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, highest sum of these stats in a TD belongs to Hakeem Olajuwon (38pts, 17reb, 6ast, 7stl, 12blk) and Larry Bird (49pts, 14reb, 12ast, 4stl, 1blk) with 80 each.


Omitting points, highest sum of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in a TD belongs to Shaquille O’neal with 28reb, 3ast, 1stl, 15blk. He had 24 points in that game too.


There are totals of 10 TDs with at least 15 points, rebounds, assists, or blocks. Those are done by 3 times Jason Kidd, 2 times Magic Johnson, 1 Rojan Rondo, 1 Russell Westbrook, 1 Lafayette Lever, 1 Larry Bird and 1 Shaquille O’neal. Only 1 time this is done in a playoff game performed by Jason Kidd with 16pts, 16reb, 19ast.


Michael Jordan have 26 triples doubles on his carrier and the most impressive one with 47pts, 11reb, 13ast, 4stl, 2blk.






Triple-Doubles with 40+ Points


There are 17 TDs with 40 or more points scored (all in regular season games). Those are done 3 times by Micheal Jordan, 3 times by LeBron James, 3 times by Russell Westbrook, 2 times by David Robinson, 2 times by Larry Bird, and 1 time each by Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Michael Adams.



Multiple Triple-Doubles in a Game


At most two triple-doubles are performed in the same game. And this is occurred only 11 times in the last 40 seasons. The last time was this year on 2016-03-06, where Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo made it together.



Triple-Doubles by Country


1188 TDs are made by US players and 95 of them by international players. Spain follows US with 17 TDS (4 different Spain born players did it). Only international players recoded TDs in a playoff game are Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan.



Quickest Triple-Doubles


Russell Westbrook succeeded to perform a TD (13pts, 10reb, 14ast) in only 1217 seconds (20min and 17 seconds) which is the quickest in NBA history. Hassan Whiteside is the 2nd with 24 min and 37 seconds.



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