What is a Triple Double?

What is a Triple Double in Basketball?

If you are new to¬†basketball betting online, you should know about the Triple Double. Some online bookmakers offer it as a possible combination bet. So, what is a triple double? It is a single-game performance by a player who accumulates a double-digit number total in three of five statistical categories‚ÄĒpoints,¬†rebounds,¬†assists,¬†steals, and¬†blocked shots‚ÄĒin a game. The most common way for a player to achieve a triple-double is with points, rebounds, and assists. Keep reading to learn more on the subject.

Triple Double in Basketball

To make it easier to understand, first we must explain the term double double. In¬†basketball, a¬†double-double¬†is a single-game performance in which a player accumulates ten or more in two of the following five statistical categories:¬†points,¬†rebounds,¬†assists,¬†steals, and¬†blocked shots. The first “double” in the term refers to the two (double) categories and the second “double” refers to accumulating ten or more (typically¬†double¬†digits) in that category.

5 Statistical Categories

However, in real-life use, this is a bit different. When an NBA player is called for having a double double, it means he scored 10+ points and made 10+ assists. The other categories are rarely counted when talking about making a double double. The same goes when we discuss triple doubles. While all categories are taken into account, it’s widely accepted that this happens when a player scores 10+ points, makes 10+ assists, and manages 10 rebounds, all in the same game. Statistics like blocks and steals are also very important; however, they get mentioned in addition to the ones above and not like a main category.

What is a Triple Double in Basketball?
Triple Double in Basketball

History

The triple-double became an officially recorded statistic in the NBA during the 1979-1980 season. There has been occasional controversy surrounding triple-doubles made when a player achieves the feat with a late rebound. Players with nine rebounds in a game are sometimes deliberately missing a shot late in the game in order to recover the rebound; a few have even gone so far as shooting off their opponent’s basket trying to score a triple-double. To deter this, NBA rules allow dismissing a rebound if the shot was not to a legitimate scoring attempt.

Oscar Robertson leads the all-time NBA list for career triple-doubles with 181. Oscar and Russell Westbrook are the only two players ever to average a triple-double for a season. Westbrook currently holds the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. He is the only player to average a triple-double for three consecutive seasons.