Through games of December 4, 2013, there have been 10 “triple-doubles” in the NBA this season. All 10 were by players age 25 and younger.
Earlier this week (December 3), Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo and Philadelphia rookie Michel Carter-Williams became the first rookies to record triple-doubles in the same game. Oladipo, aged 21, had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Carter-Williams, age 22, had 27 points, 12 boards and 10 assists in the game. Last month, another 76ers player, second-year player Tony Wroten, age 20, had a triple-double in a November 13 contest with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Basketball-Reference.com has NBA player game stats back to the 1985-86 season. Since that season, there have been 57 different players who have had a triple-double in a game before the age 23. LeBron James leads that category with 16 such games. Following are the players who had two or more NBA triple-doubles before their 23rd birthday.
Triple-Doubles prior to their 23rd birthday
LeBron James, 16
Jason Kidd, 11
Lamar Odom, 7
Russell Westbrook, 6
Kevin Johnson, Chris Paul, Chris Webber, 5 each
Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Antoine Walker, 3 each
Kenny Anderson, Kobe Bryant, Brad Daugherty, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo, 2 each
Of these players listed above, all are now 23 years of age or older.
During the 2012-13 season, five different players under the age of 23 had a triple-double. Those players: Greg Monroe, Detroit (age 22); DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento (age 22); Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia (age 22); Paul George, Indiana (age 22… he had one regular season triple-double and a playoff triple-double); and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota (age 22).
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