What Is a Double-Double in Basketball?

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Scoring 10 or more points in a basketball game is fairly common, but when players pair that with 10 or more in another statistical category, they have significantly more impact on a game. This achievement is called a "double-double" because the player has reached double-digits in two different categories.

Statistical Combinations

The most common way to record a double-double is by scoring 10 or more points and grabbing 10 or more rebounds, and it's not uncommon for a player to average this form of double-double for an entire season.

Almost as common is a player scoring 10 or more and dishing 10 or more assists, though fewer players average this form of double-double. Players occasionally put up double-doubles by reaching double digits in scoring and either steals or blocked shots, though these combinations are not common.

NBA Double-Double Leaders

Former Philadelphia and Los Angeles center Wilt Chamberlain was the first NBA player to put up 900 career double-doubles in the regular season and finished with 968. Chamberlain, who averaged a double-double in each of his 14 NBA seasons, even put up a double-double in an NBA-best 227 consecutive games. Former San Antonio forward Tim Duncan is thought to be a prototypical double-double player and finished his career as the NBA playoff leader with 164 double-doubles in 19 postseasons and 841 in the regular season. Duncan also averaged a double-double for his 19-year career.

Beyond the Double-Double

Reaching 10 in three statistical categories is called a triple-double, and in 2017 Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook became the first player to average a triple-double since Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson did in 1962.

The elusive quadruple-double happens when a player reaches 10 or more in four statistical categories, while no player has ever recorded a quintuple-double (double digits in all five statistical categories) in college or NBA basketball.