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Triple-Double, Quadruple-Double & 50-Pt Game Leaderboards Added to Basketball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on November 18, 2016

As Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James do their best Oscar Robertson impressions, we thought it would be a good time to add an all-time triple-doubles leaderboard to Basketball Reference. This can be found under "Other Leaderboards" on our Leaders page. You'll also notice we added a page for quadruple-doubles and 50-Point games. These leaderboards are different than searches in the player game finder for the same thing, since these leaderboards are all-time and most statistics in the player game finder only go back to 1983-84. If you're ever looking for just active triple-double leaders, that can be done easily with the player game finder.

With the new triple-double leaderboard, you'll notice that LeBron James will pass Fat Lever for sole possession of 6th-most triple-doubles all-time with his next triple-double. But Russell Westbrook, on pace for 20 triple-doubles this season, is nipping at his heels.

There's not quite as much drama on the 50-Pt games leaderboard, where Wilt Chamberlain has as many as the next 7 players combined. LeBron James, with 10 50-pt games, is the only active player in the top 10, currently tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 7th place.

There have only been four officially recorded NBA quadruple-doubles, with one each by Nate Thurmond, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Alvin Robertson. This is because blocks and steals were not official statistics until 1973-74, the year after Chamberlain (who reportedly had multiple unofficial quadruple-doubles) retired from the NBA.

2 Responses to “Triple-Double, Quadruple-Double & 50-Pt Game Leaderboards Added to Basketball Reference”

  1. Sean Says:

    FYI, these are regular season figures. A quad has yet to occur in the postseason.

  2. Jared Says:

    At first bluff, I noticed Brandon Jennings (and possibly others) was missing from the 50-point leaderboard... I'm a Bucks fan, so I instantly searched for the very few Bucks to have done it. Admittedly this page looks less dynamic than the Play Index, and I hope it can continue to be updated, because we will continue to see both surprising ones (like Jennings or Corey Brewer) as well as movement among the obvious ones, as well as new faces who enter the NBA each year.