Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Triple-Double Machines Going Back to the 1960's

Oscar Robertson is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double.  Give him the benefit of rounding up and the Cincinnati Royal great produced 10-10-10 four straight years.

The drastic decline in pace of NBA games since the 1960's made it near impossible to put up double figure rebound & assist totals every night.  But lower the bar to 15 Points, 7 Rebounds & 7 Assists and we get a nice mix of guys representing various eras. 

Here is the full list of most 'near' triple-double seasons thanks to Basketball-Reference
                                   
Player From To Seasons
LeBron James 2005 2013 6
Oscar Robertson* 1961 1966 6
Magic Johnson* 1980 1989 5
Larry Bird* 1987 1991 3
Fat Lever 1987 1989 3
John Havlicek* 1971 1972 2
Wilt Chamberlain* 1967 1968 2
Russell Westbrook 2015 2016 2