National Basketball Association all-time triple double leaders 1946-2019

Which player has the most triple doubles?

Oscar Robertson - nicknamed ‘The Big O’, is the all-time leader in triple doubles in the National Basketball Assocation. He compiled 181 triple doubles during his playing career with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks (1960 to 1974). The highest ranked active player is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder with 138 triple doubles, tied with Earvin 'Magic’ Johson for second place.
What is a triple double?

In the National Basketball Association statistical categories are kept on a per game basis for each individual player including points, rebounds, assists and steals. When a player reaches a score of ten or more in at least three of these statistical categories in a game, he records a triple double (e.g. 10 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds). All the players on the list with at least 100 triple doubles in their career are versatile, strong, and athletic guards able to handle the ball on the offensive end. This enables these players to score at a high level and assist on many other baskets. Their size and basketball smarts often also make them good rebounders.

Russell Westbrook in the race for all-time lead

Over the course of the past three NBA seasons from 2016 to 2019 Russell Westbrook managed to average a triple double, with an actual triple double in 101 of the 234 games he played in during that time frame. If Westbrook continues to perform at this level, he has a chance to pass Oscar Robertson as the all-time NBA triple double leader either in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 season.
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Players with the most triple doubles in the NBA all-time as of October 4, 2019
Number of triple doubles
Oscar Robertson 181
Magic Johnson138
Russell Westbrook138
Jason Kidd107
LeBron James81
Wilt Chamberlain 78
Larry Bird59
Fat Lever43
James Harden42
Bob Cousy33
Rajon Rondo32
John Havlicek31
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