- Here’s a list of the youngest NBA players to achieve a triple-double.
- Josh Giddey leads the list.
The NBA is not only experiencing a three-point shooting revolution in today’s era, with Stephen Curry spearheading this trend with the most three-pointers made in the playoffs and all-time, but the league is also seeing a youth movement, meaning a lot of young players are entering the league. This trend paves the way for record-setting milestones and a race to be the youngest in any category, making NBA betting more exciting.
Youngest player with a triple-double:
19y, 84d — Josh Giddey
19y, 140d — LaMelo Ball
19y, 317d — Markelle Fultz
19y, 327d — Luka Doncic
They are the only 19 year-olds with a triple-double in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/bEtooFkNnq
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 3, 2022
One of the statistical achievements these players are chasing is the coveted triple-double mark, a spectacular basketball accomplishment. With all these in mind, we will look at the top seven youngest NBA players to achieve a triple-double that redefines the NBA odds with this feat.
Josh Giddey – 19 years and 84 days
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Gosh Giddey has recently set the record for the youngest player to achieve a triple-double in the NBA. In their game against the Dallas Maverick on January 2, 2022, the Australian registered 17 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists to surpass LaMelo Ball’s previous record. Giddey was 19 years old and 84 days old when he recorded his first-ever career triple-double, a silver lining in the loss to the Mavs.
Josh Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double in consecutive games. pic.twitter.com/DIh6g2KV7J
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 15, 2022
LaMelo Ball – 19 years and 140 days
2021 NBA Rookie of the Year awardee LaMelo Ball is the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. In their game against the Atlanta Hawks on January 9, 2021, he helped the Hornets pick up the victory. At that time, he was 19 years and 140 days old. Ball put up 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists and got the team’s highest plus-minus value of +18 in that game.
LaMelo Ball becomes the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.
He's only 19. pic.twitter.com/lyJBnxQiNd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 10, 2021
Markelle Fultz – 19 years and 317 days
2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz became the youngest player in the Philadelphia 76ers franchise to reach a triple-double when he had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on April 11, 2018. Fultz came off the bench and played for 25 minutes and shot 46.2% from the field. Fultz achieved this milestone at 19 years and 317 days old.
Markelle Fultz became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double (19 years and 317 days), passing Lonzo Ball who accomplished it earlier this season.
Before this season, the youngest player to ever record a triple-double was a man by the name of LeBron James pic.twitter.com/2RVlc15Gwx
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 12, 2018
Luka Doncic – 19 years and 327 days
During his rookie season, Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic got his first-ever triple-double number on January 21, 2019. Doncic played 33 minutes in that game and tallied 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Though they lost the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-106, he recorded three more triple-doubles before turning 20 years old in that year.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 21, 2019
Lonzo Ball – 20 years and 15 days
Lonzo Ball was still part of the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers in 2017 when he earned his first career triple-double at 20 years and 15 days old. The older Ball finished the game with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in 39 minutes of play versus the Milwaukee Bucks on November 11, 2017. Zo was also the youngest player in Lakers’ franchise history to achieve the milestone despite losing the game.
Lonzo Ball is the youngest player to record a triple-double in NBA history, surpassing LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/gFWHsKKva0
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) November 12, 2017
LeBron James – 20 years and 20 days
In the early playing years of LeBron James, he was always a rebound or an assist shy of completing a triple-double. He finally broke this hump in his second season with Cleveland when he put up 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, 107-101, on January 19, 2005. It was the record at that time, and James was just 20 years and 20 days old.
— Rich Exner (@RichExner) March 15, 2017
Dennis Smith Jr. – 20 years and 34 days
In 2017, Luka Doncic was not the only rookie to record a triple-double for the Dallas Mavericks, as his teammate Dennis Smith Jr. put up his own in their victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. The second-generation player had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to help secure the 12th win of his team that season. Smith Jr. was 20 years old and 34 days when he accomplished the feat at that time.
— NBA (@NBA) December 30, 2017
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