On Monday night, February 12, Philadelphia 76ers reserve point guard T.J. McConnell came off the bench to score 10 points, hand out 11 assists and grab 10 rebounds versus the New York Knicks. It was his first career triple-double in the NBA.
It was also the first triple-double by a bench player in the league since December 11, 2016 when New Orleans’ Tim Frazier came off the bench to have 14 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds versus Phoenix. According to research on Basketball Reference.com, McConnell became the 21st bench player to achieve a triple-double.
Three players have achieved a triple-double coming off the bench in multiple games: Detlef Schrempf did it three times, while Clyde Drexler and Hassan Whiteside each did it twice.
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The first selection in the recent NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, played one season of college basketball at the University of Washington. He became the highest U-Washington player chosen in the NBA Draft since Bob Houbregs was the #2 pick in 1953.
Fultz was the 57th player drafted into the NBA from U-Washington and the 14th player from the university chosen in the first round. Last year the school had two players picked in the first round… Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray.
Of the U-Washington players chosen in the NBA Draft, two have played over 1,000 career games in the NBA: James Edwards (1,168) and Detlef Schrempf (1,136).