What Is a Triple-Double In Basketball?

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 12: Oscar Robertson talks about Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder breaking his 41 triple-double record before the first half of a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 12, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jul 08, 2024, 1:07 PM

Most basketball players can score points. It takes a truly complete player to stuff the box score with lots of different stats.

That’s why triple-doubles are so impressive.

What Is a Triple-Double In Basketball?

A triple-double is a rare basketball feat where a player has recorded at least 10 in three different stat categories. 

For example, Caitlin Clark played a game in July 2024 where she recorded 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists. It was the first triple-double by a rookie in WNBA history.

There are other kinds of triple-doubles. For example, Victor Wembanyama played a game in February 2024 where he recorded 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 blocks. 

Triple-doubles with blocks or steals are very rare. There are patches of basketball history where no one earns one for years. 

What Is a Double-Double In Basketball?

Double-doubles are much more common than triple-doubles, but they’re still difficult to achieve. A player earns a double-double when he has at least 10 in two different stat categories. 

Forwards and centers most commonly earn double-doubles by scoring 10 points and collecting 10 rebounds; point guards often earn double-doubles by dishing 10 assists on top of their 10 points.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.