Nikola Jokic has got a habit of scoring triple-doubles. So far this season, he has already scored 8 triple-doubles. He has already passed LeBron James in the all-time most triple-double list and is sitting on number 3 with 113 in just 616 matches. The other players of the top 5 list have played almost double the matches that Nikola played. This proves how consistent he has been in the league.
Mr. Almost Triple Double list
Larry Bird is at the top of Mr. Almost Triple Double list. This means players with the most number of games where they missed out on a double-triple by just 1 assist. Larry Bird had 36 games, while Nikola Jokic had 32.
Most games finishing exactly 1 assist away from a triple-double in NBA history:
36 — Larry Bird
32 — Nikola Jokic
30 — Wilt Chamberlain pic.twitter.com/Byx9rdu1ZR
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Larry Bird had 59 triple-doubles in his career; it could have been more, but he missed many times. In his entire career, he averaged 24.3 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, and 6.3 assists per game. He is one of the finest players in NBA history and was tough on opponents during his time; sharing a list with him is a big achievement for Nikola.
Nikola Jokic in this season
In this season, Nikola Jokic has already recorded 8 triple-doubles, the last one came against the Sacramento Kings. Apart from this, Nikola has been a key player for the Denver Nuggets. He is currently averaging 29 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game, and 9.8 assists per game.
Denver Nuggets lost to Sacramento Kings
In yesterday’s match against the Kings, Nikola had 36 points but ended up on the losing side. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk managed to lead the Kings to win by 123-117. They combined for 52 points (26 points each). Nikola’s effort went in vain, but there is one constant thing and that’s his outstanding performance. He has been insanely consistent in the league, and it seems like he is going to take that number 1 spot from Russell Westbrook very soon (all-time most triple-doubles list).
During the match, 10 players got injured (7 from the Nuggets and 3 from the Kings). It looks like they might miss some of the games due to the injury.