Triple-doubles have develop into commonplace this season in NBA
NBA Stats: If it looks as if triple-doubles are taking place extra usually than ever, that’s as a result of they’re by an enormous margin. On common, the NBA has seen somebody put up at the very least 10 of this, 10 of that, and 10 of these in a single out of each seven video games this season.
The charge of them taking place is up 47% over final season, plus represents a staggering enhance of almost 700% over how usually they occurred simply 9 years in the past — when there have been 18 in your complete 2011-12 season.
They occur with superb regularity now. That doesn’t imply everyone seems to be enthralled.
“I get it. They’re nice, round numbers, and people get into those things in sports,” New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy mentioned. “But I’ve never really been one who thought a whole lot of the whole triple-double thing.”
NBA Stats: Westbrook had 35 factors, 14 rebounds and 21 assists to steer Washington to a win. It was solely the third time somebody had that many factors and that many assists in an NBA recreation; throw within the rebounds, and Westbrook’s evening was unprecedented.
Westbrook stored the momentum going Tuesday, making franchise historical past with the primary 20-15-15 recreation.
Russell Westbrook adopted up final evening’s efficiency with extra historical past tonight.
The first 20p-15r-15a recreation in franchise historical past.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 31, 2021
“He does things I’ve never seen and I’ve been in this league for 30 years,” Washington coach Scott Brooks mentioned. “He’s a winner.”
If persons are bored by the triple-double, it may be Westbrook’s fault. He’s been making them seem to be nightly happenings for years.
NBA Stats: Russell Westbrook’s type of play:
The causes for the rise leaguewide in triple-doubles are many, however two of them are clear: the “freedom of movement” emphasis in officiating favors the offensive participant, so meaning extra factors and extra assists.
So, too, does the elevated tempo of play, which additionally results in extra rebound alternatives. There are about eight extra possessions and eight extra shot makes an attempt per group as in comparison with 9 years in the past, and each possession results in a statistic of some type.
“To me, they’re such arbitrary numbers,” Van Gundy mentioned. “What, if you get 10, 10, and 10 that’s better than 35, nine, and nine? … There’s a big difference between 15 points and 35 points. There’s a big difference between 10 rebounds and 18 rebounds. And there’s a big difference between 10 assists and 17 assists. So, to say a triple-double is a measure of a great game, I don’t know.”
This is the fifth consecutive yr that the NBA has seen gamers gather at the very least 100 triple-doubles; Westbrook received one other one Tuesday evening for No. 100, and in-game No. 692, that’s the quickest the league has ever gotten to the century mark.
Westbrook’s triple-double Tuesday was his league-best seventeenth. Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Brooklyn’s James Harden have 12 apiece and had been adopted by Dallas’ Luka Doncic with 9.
Put one other method, we’ve seen virtually as many triple-doubles within the final 5 years as within the 15 seasons earlier than that mixed.
NBA Stats: Even some gamers appear less-than-impressed by them lately.
“I could care less about a triple-double,” Miami’s Jimmy Butler mentioned after he had one in final season’s NBA Finals. “We play this game to win.”
Here’s one other instance of how widespread the triple-double is getting: within the entirety of the 2011-12 season, just one participant — Rajon Rondo, with six — had multiple of them. This season has already seen 14 gamers with a number of triple-doubles, a quantity that may nearly actually develop.
The report for many in a single season is 127. That will seemingly get shattered; the league is on tempo to prime 150 for the season. On March 13, 5 gamers had them on the identical day, the primary time that’s occurred in NBA historical past. The 5: Harden, Westbrook, Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“It’s not always about scoring,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “You can manipulate the game in different ways: passing, finding your teammates, putting them in the right spot.”
TJ McConnell of the Indiana Pacers had a triple-double with steals again on March 3, simply the eleventh of these ever.
There have clearly been nights the place a participant is aware of he’s a rebound or an help away from getting a triple-double and may develop into singularly centered on getting that one final stat; that’s not really easy to do with steals, which made McConnell’s one of many extra spectacular shortly.
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