Who has the most triple-doubles in NBA history?

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Triple-doubles are usually hard to come by, even for NBA players. It requires a player to get double-digits in three different categories in a single game. The most combination is points, rebounds, and assists, but some players have managed to do the unusual.

Dikembe Mutombo and Haken Olajuwon, for example, each recorded ten triple-doubles with 10 or more blocks to go along with points and rebounds. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain have probably done this as well, but the league did not start tracking blocks until the 1973-74 season. 

Clyde Drexler did something even more unlikely, holding the record for most triple-doubles that included 10 steals. This has only been done eleven times in NBA history by ten different players. 

One of those players is Draymond Green, who recorded the most unlikely triple-double ever. In February 2017, against the Grizzlies, he recorded a triple-double with 10 steals, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds, making him the only player in league history to get a triple-double without reaching 10 points. 

Who is the NBA’s all-time triple-double leader?

Russell Westbrook is the NBA’s all-time leader for regular season triple-doubles with 198. He also holds the record for most combined regular season and postseason triple-doubles with 210. In fact, he is the only player ever to record more than 200. 

Who holds the single-season record for triple-doubles?

Once again, Russell Westbrook is the answer. He set a new record with 42 triple-doubles in the 2016-17 season. That season also marked the first time since 1961-62 when Oscar Robertson did it for the Cincinnati Royals that a player averaged a triple-double for an entire season.

Who holds the record for most triple-doubles in the playoffs

Magic Johnson currently holds the record for most triple-doubles in the playoffs with 30. LeBron James and Nikola Jokic are next in line, and both still have a chance to break the record before they retire. 

When did the NBA start recording triple-doubles?

The NBA first started recording triple-doubles in the 1950-51 season. Accordingly, the first account of a player reaching a triple-double is from December 14, 1950, when Andy Phillips did it for the Philadelphia Warriors. 

Which players currently lead the NBA in triple-doubles?

This season, there have been 10 triple-doubles so far. Nikola Jokic has four, Luka Doncic has two, and Domantas Sabonis, Bam Adebayo, LaMelo Ball, and Scottie Barnes each recorded one. 

Last season, the league leaders were Jokic (29), Sabonis (14), and Doncic (10), so not much has changed here. All three are likely to finish at the top again this season.

Who has the most triple-doubles in Kings history?

With his first triple-double of the season, Domantas Sabonis recorded his 15th triple-double in a Kings’ uniform. With that, he passed Chris Webber for most triple-doubles in the Kings’ Sacramento era. 

Considering that he only got to Sacramento in February 2022, he set that record incredibly quickly. Over his career, Sabonis recorded 33 triple-doubles and will continuously add to that number.

His 15 triple-doubles are the second-most in franchise history. Cincinnati Royals legend Oscar Robertson still holds the record with 176.