The 2023 NBA Finals are upon us and it looks like Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic will make his mark in the record books.
Jokic performed brilliantly in these knockouts, averaging a triple-double with 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. He overtook Wilt Chamberlain (7) to win the most triple doubles in a single season with eight. No other player in the 2023 NBA Knockout Qualifier has more than one player.
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Jokic climbed to number 3 on the knockout stage’s all-time triple doubles list, edging out greats like Russell Westbrook and Jason Kidd on the leaderboard.
In the first time participating in the NBA Finals in his career, Jokic also had the opportunity to make his mark in the doubles triple record book.
Who has the most triple triples in NBA Finals history? The two names at the top of the list won’t surprise you.
LeBron James is the NBA’s all-time leader with 11 triple-doubles in the Finals. Following him was another all-time great in Magic Johnson with eight.
Draymond Green had three triple-doubles in the NBA Finals, while Jimmy Butler, Larry Bird, Walt Frazier, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell all had two.
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The 12 players who scored triple-doubles in the NBA Finals are: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Jason Kidd, Tim Duncan, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy, Dave Cowens, Wes Unseld, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.
Most triple-doubles in NBA Playoffs history
Magic Johnson is the NBA’s all-time lead in playoff triples with 30. James is right behind him, scoring 28 career playoffs.
Jokic now trails Russell Westbrook (12) – the NBA’s all-time double lead – in third with 14. Jason Kidd is fifth with 11. Draymond Green, Rajon Rondo and Larry Bird are all tied for sixth. with 10 , rounding off the list of players who scored at least 10 triples in the playoffs.
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Eight of Jokic’s 14 triple-doubles in the playoffs came from the 2023 NBA Qualifiers.