Josh Giddey is into the history books!
The Oklahoma City Thunder rookie became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, breaking the previous record held by Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball last season.
Giddey, who returned having missed the past three games after entering the league’s health and safety protocols, finished with 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, adding four steals in the 95-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Josh Giddey last game: 0/10/10, first double-double without points in 50 years.
Josh Giddey tonight: 17/13/14, youngest player ever with a triple-double.
What a unique player. pic.twitter.com/vyqi7uZY3p
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 3, 2022
Youngest triple-doubles in NBA history
|1.||Josh Giddey||19 years, 84 days||2022|
|2.||LaMelo Ball||19 years, 140 days||2021|
|3.||Markelle Fultz||19 years, 317 days||2018|
|4||Luka Doncic||19 years, 327 days||2019|
|5||Lonzo Ball||20 years, 15 days||2017|
|6.||LeBron James||20 years, 20 days||2005|
Giddey’s 14 assists are the most by a rookie in Thunder franchise history and his passing repertoire was on full display, slinging passes for fun.
Left-hand cross-court dimes…
Getting out in transition..
Plus a little bit of Showtime.
Giddey played a key role in the Thunder’s late-game comeback attempt, helping pull them to within four points with 41.3 seconds remaining before the Mavs held on to seal the win. While he described the historic moment as a ‘cool milestone’, postgame he was more concerned with the win/loss column.
“It’s cool and the individual stats are good, you enjoy it for the night, but a win is always better than individual stats for me,” he said postgame.
“If I had zero, zero, zero and we win, I’m more happy than if I have a triple-double and we lose, it’s always been that way for me, always will be.”