Forget the triple-double. The triple-dozen is where it’s at.

Since the 1986-87 season (which is the cutoff since that is as far back as Basketball Reference’s data goes), 201 different players have successfully posted a triple double, 1,042 games in all. That’s an average of 41.7 triple-doubles a season, including playoffs. It’s a nice feat, but it’s just too common of an occurrence to be amazing. (By the way, Jason Kidd leads the way with 107 triple-doubles during that span, though the first part of Magic Johnson’s career isn’t included. He had 66 during that span, but 138 overall. That’s second all-time to Oscar Robertson, who had 181 back in the day when nobody played any defense at all.)

So I submit for your approval…the triple-dozen. It’s just like a triple-double, but a player needs to record at least 12 in three of the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, blocks and/or steals.

In the last 25 years, 60 players have accomplished this feat a total of 155 times, or 6.2 times a season. Jason Kidd leads the way with 22, while Magic Johnson and Fat Lever trail (over that span) with 19 and 12 respectively. LeBron James is fourth with nine. Here’s the list of the 23 players who have posted a triple-dozen at least twice.

Rnk Player Count
1 Jason Kidd 22
2 Magic Johnson 19
3 Fat Lever 12
4 LeBron James 9
5 Larry Bird 7
6 Grant Hill 6
7 Charles Barkley 4
8 Rajon Rondo 4
9 Michael Jordan 3
10 Hakeem Olajuwon 3
11 Scottie Pippen 3
12 Antoine Walker 3
13 Chris Webber 3
14 Kobe Bryant 2
15 Vlade Divac 2
16 Kevin Garnett 2
17 Pau Gasol 2
18 Mark Jackson 2
19 Anthony Mason 2
20 Steve Nash 2
21 Lamar Odom 2
22 Gary Payton 2
23 Detlef Schrempf 2

A few random thoughts:

— It’s interesting to note that only Hakeem Olajuwon managed to post a triple-dozen two different ways. He had a traditional points/rebounds/assist triple-dozen in 1994 when he racked up 37 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists against the Golden State Warriors. But he also twice posted a points/rebounds/blocks triple-dozen. He had 38-17-12 against Seattle in ’87 and 24-21-12 against Utah in ’89. He may have had more, but the stats don’t go back any further. Olajuwon also had seven steals in that game against the Sonics, making him the only player to post a “Defensive Triple-Seven” (at least seven rebounds, seven blocks and seven steals) in any one game during that span.

— Michael Jordan’s tally (3) is a little surprising, but he was more of a scorer than a distributor like Kidd, Magic, LeBron or even Larry Bird. When he was dialed in, he wasn’t distributing the ball, he was making buckets.

— Pau Gasol? Yep, Gasol posted a triple-dozen twice while he was in Memphis. We forget how good of a passer he is since Kobe dominates the ball so much and Gasol is mostly asked to catch and shoot in the Lakers’ triangle offense.

— Two of Rajon Rondo’s four triple-dozens came in the playoffs. During this 25 year span, Jason Kidd led the way with five postseason triple-dozens. LeBron has two.

— What about a quadruple-double? Hakeem Olajuwon did it twice and David Robinson did it once. Nobody has posted a quadruple-dozen in the last 25 years.

— This season, only Russell Westbrook has posted a triple-dozen. He had 35 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists against the Washington Wizards in late January. His line is actually a triple-baker’s-dozen (13+ in each category), which has happened only 47 times in the last 25 years. Kidd leads the way with nine, while Magic and LeBron trail with seven and five, respectively. Update: Drew Gooden posted a triple-baker’s dozen against the Cavs in April. He tallied 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. It was the first triple-double of his career.

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