As always, it’s time for another edition of…
The Weekly Fives
Seen throughout the weeks, major statistical categories such as points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks have been explored. However, for those of you that don’t know, wouldn’t it seem weird if I told you that those statistics, when performed in tandem, form another statistic? Well, that is exactly what we are exploring today. First off, to define what we are looking at, we have to start with the basics. To begin, putting up double figures (i.e. 10+) of any of the five major statistics is impressive enough in and of itself. However, when a player puts up double figures in two of the categories, it is known as a double-double. Likewise, when it occurs in three categories, it is a triple-double. The all-time leader for a single season, Oscar Robertson, put up an insane 41 (!!) triple-doubles during the 1961-62 season. While some would argue that he didn’t face the tough defenses and scouting of today, it is still an incredible statistic.
This year in the NBA, many in the media are characterizing this season affectionately as “The Year of the Triple-Double”, referring to a few incredible feats. First off, Golden State’s Draymond Green made history when he performed the first triple-double that didn’t include points, in league history. With his 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals, his name will go down in the record books forever. Secondly, and most importantly, this year is special, because for the first time in decades, Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record is in danger. As of March 4, Westbrook has 30 triple-doubles, third place in history, behind Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain (31), with twenty or so games left in the season. That is incredible, considering the fact that defenses have been double-teaming him the whole year. James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, is also having a career year. The other thing that is one-of-a-kind about Westbrook is that he is averaging a triple-double on the season. Yes, you read that right. 31.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game (3/4/17) over the entirety of the season. That is just incredible. Overall, the NBA this year is having a crazy, crazy run, and Westbrook is leading the pack in the contested MVP race.
At the college level, locally, no player has actually reached a triple-double yet this season, possibly attributed to the more team-oriented game, the slower pacing, or the talent level overall. However, in this situation, we are going to look at double-doubles, which are still quite impressive. Omaha’s Tre’Shawn Thurman leads the state, with seven double-doubles this season, followed closely by Maurice Watson Jr. of Creighton. For Watson, that is an impressive stat, considering the fact that he was injured a few months ago, and therefore out for the season.
For the high school guys, a few triple-doubles have occurred this year. Jeffrey Widhelm, who has at least gotten a double-double in all but three games this year, had two triple-doubles this season for D.C. West. Many players have had one triple-double, so four are listed below at my discretion. The unique thing about high school basketball is that, for the most part, certain talented players have the opportunity to explode against highly inferior teams. In this regard, fifteen players have actually achieved the VERY rare quadruple-double, a statistic unheard of in higher levels of basketball. This season, just like the NBA, has been insane. Down below, I have ranked the players based off of triple-doubles, but have also included double-doubles and quadruple-doubles.
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (30 TD)
- James Harden, Houston Rockets (15 TD)
- LeBron James, Cleveland Caveliers (7 TD)
- Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (4 TD)
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (4 TD)
- Tre’Shawn Thurman, Omaha (7 DD)
- Maurice Watson Jr., Creighton (6 DD)
- Ed Morrow Jr., Nebraska (3 DD)
- Justin Patton, Creighton (3 DD)
- Tai Webster, Nebraska (2 DD)
- Jeffrey Widhelm, Douglas County West (2 TD; 21 DD)
- Teddy Allen, Boys Town (1 TD; 21 DD; 1 QD)
- Hunter Kiburz, Lexington (1 TD; 1 DD; 1 QD)
- Tyler Nelson, Pender (1 TD; 1 DD; 1 QD)
- Jonas Martin, Lexington (1 TD; 1 DD; 1 QD)
(Stats as of 3/4/17)
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Senior App Associate, Nebraska
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, COJMC