Who Has the Most Triple-Doubles in NBA Finals History?

Two players stand out above the rest.
Jun 5, 2024; Boston, MA, USA;  Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) laughs with teammates during the NBA Finals Media Day at TD Garden.
Jun 5, 2024; Boston, MA, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) laughs with teammates during the NBA Finals Media Day at TD Garden. / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

When Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic walks on to a basketball court, he immediately becomes a threat to put up a triple-double.

In six years in the NBA, Doncic has been nothing short of a triple-double machine. He is already tied for eighth all-time in that category with 77—18 more than Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird, and 49 more than Hall of Fame guard Michael Jordan.

As he makes his NBA Finals debut, it's worth looking back at the history of players reaching double figures in three of basketball's five major counting statistics (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks) on the sport's biggest stage.

What is a triple-double?

A triple-double, in basketball, is when a player hits three of the following statistical benchmarks in a single game: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks or 10 steals. Hitting two is a more common double-double, while hitting four is an extraordinarily rare quadruple-double.

The NBA record for most career triple-doubles is held by Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook with 199.

Which players have recorded triple-doubles in the NBA Finals?

Since the advent of the NBA Finals, 23 players are known to have accomplished the feat, per StatMuse.

PLAYER

NUMBER OF TRIPLE-DOUBLES

LeBron James, Heat/Cavaliers/Lakers

11

Magic Johnson, Lakers

8

Draymond Green, Warriors

3

Larry Bird, Celtics

2

Jimmy Butler, Heat

2

Wilt Chamberlain, 76ers

2

Bob Cousy, Celtics

2

Walt Frazier, Knicks

2

NIkola Jokić, Nuggets

2

Bill Russell, Celtics

2

Charles Barkley, Suns

1

Elgin Baylor, Lakers

1

Dave Cowens, Celtics

1

Stephen Curry, Warriors

1

Tim Duncan, Spurs

1

Kevin Durant, Warriors

1

Jason Kidd, Nets

1

Jamal Murray, Nuggets

1

Scottie Pippen, Bulls

1

Rajon Rondo, Celtics

1

Wes Unseld, Bullets

1

Jerry West, Lakers

1

James Worthy, Lakers

1

Who has the most triple-doubles in the NBA Finals?

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, with 11. James is the only player to accomplish the feat with three different teams, having registered triple-doubles with the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Lakers. He is also one of three players, along with ex-Los Angeles guard Jerry West and forward James Worthy, to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals.

James spread his triple-doubles out, too: he recorded one in his much-maligned 2011 Finals, one in the 2012 Finals, two in the 2013 Finals, two in the 2015 Finals, one in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, two in the 2017 Finals, one in the 2018 Finals, and one in the 2020 Finals.


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