Who are the NBA's all-time leaders in triple-doubles?
Nikola Jokic passed Larry Bird to move into eighth on the all-time list for career triple doubles in the Nuggets loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic has been on the top ten all time triple-double list for quite some time, but he passed Larry Bird for 8th all time after recording his 60th triple-double on Monday.
Jokic is in just his seventh year in the NBA, but he continues to soar up the triple-double charts but he still has a long way to go before taking the out right lead in the NBA’s toughest statistical category.
The Serbian dropped 17 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists in the Nuggets 109-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls to climb a spot on the top ten list.
Monday’s loss was Jokic’s 471st game in the NBA, meaning he is averaging a triple-double once in every eight games. Larry Bird registered 59 triple-doubles in just under 900 games in his 13 season in the NBA.
The next up on the list is James Harden who currently has 62 career triple doubles in his 900 games in the league. While Harden may be seventh on the list, he is still playing which means Jokic will have to catch up to Harden.
Wilt Chamberlain sits in front of both Jokic and Harden with 78 career triple-doubles. Chamberlains total won’t change, as he has been out of the league for nearly 50 years, but there are three active players ahead of Jokic that continue to add to their career total.
Harden is one of the players who are still playing that Jokic is trying to catch up to. LeBron James is in the top five on the list with 99, and counting while his Los Angeles Lakers teammate Russell Wilson holds the NBA record with 189 career triple doubles.
Westbrook well about the rest of the pack
Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s previous record of 181 triple-doubles last season when his then Washington Wizards lost to the Atlanta Hawks last May. Since then he has registered eight more, and his averaging a triple-double every 5.1 games.
Robertson still sits second, and look certain to sit there for quite some time. Magic Johnson is third with 138, and Jason Kidd has 107 while LeBron James rounds out the top five with his 99.
Jokic will go for number 63 on Wednesday when the Nuggets take on the New Orleans Pelicans.