Triple-doubles are single-game performances. At least three of the five statistical categories (points/rebounds, assists/steals, steals/blocks) must be double-digits in order for a player to achieve a triple-double.
Points, rebounds, and assists are the most usual components of a triple-double, although players have been known to rack up 10 or more steals or blocks in a single game.
Since the 1979-80 season, triple-doubles have been officially recorded in the NBA as a stat. At the end of the campaign, there were 32 triple-doubles, a 12-point increase over the season before it.
The NBA players with the most triple-doubles
In terms of total triple-doubles in the NBA, Russell Westbrook currently holds the record with 182. He became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer on May 11, 2021, in a game between the Wizards and Hawks.
He broke the previous record set by Oscar Robertson of 181, which lasted for 47 years. In third is Magic Johnson with 138, followed by Jason Kidd, who stopped counting at 107. There are just five current players in the top 10, with LeBron James in fifth place with 105 triple-doubles.
The other current players are Nikola Jokic (76), James Harden (69), and Luka Doncic (46), who has risen to 10th place with 45 career triple-doubles. With 19 triple-doubles in the regular 2021-22 season, Jokic had quickly risen in the ranks.