June 28, 2017

The 16 NBA players with triple-doubles off the bench (since 1985)

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With Jeremy Lin and Tyreke Evans both recording triple-doubles off the bench this season – we wondered: how many NBA players have pulled off that rare feat in a reserve role?

Obviously, a triple double is a difficult accomplishment for any player but for a bench player, it’s inherently less-likely. Bench players generally play less minutes, so it’s even more interesting to think about how efficient bench players must be when they’re able to pull it off.

The bench triple double has only happened 18 times in the last 29 years by 15 different players. Here they are chronologically:

Year Player Team Pts Rebs Asts* Date* Mins
1985 Clyde Drexler Portland Trailblazers 23 15 11 Dec 30 38
1986 Clyde Drexler Portland Trailblazers 18 10 10 Jan 3 30
1988 Cedric Maxwell Houston Rockets 23 15 10 Mar 31 42
1989 John Williams Washington Bullets 11 10 13 Jan 6 42
1991 Detlef Schrempf Indiana Pacers 16 10 11 Mar 26 38
1991 Mark Jackson New York Knicks 26 10 11 April 12 36
1992 Detlef Schrempf Indiana Pacers 10 17 10 Jan 8 33
1992 Rod Strickland Portland Trailblazers 11 10 13 Nov 22 27
1993 Detlef Schrempf Indiana Pacers 34 12 10 Feb 13 33
1995 Brian Shaw Orlando Magic 11 10 10 Dec 29 28
1996 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 11 10 13 Feb 14 39
1998 Shawn Bradley Dallas Mavericks 22 22 13* blks Apr 7 38
2006 Mike Miller Memphis Grizzlies 18 10 10 Jan 10 41
2010 Terrence Williams New Jersey Nets 27 13 10 Apr 9 49
2012 J.J. Barea Minnesota Timberwolves 25 10 14 Mar 23 47
2012 Larry Sanders Milwaukee Bucks 10 10 10* blks Nov 30 32
2013 Tyreke Evans New Orleans Pelicans 10 13 11 Dec 26 33
2014 Jeremy Lin Houston Rockets 15 11 10 Feb 1 29
2016 Tim Frazier New Orleans Pelicans 14 11 11 Dec 12 38

It’s weird to think that superstar Clyde Drexler came off the bench at any point of his career. Drexler’s bench triple doubles came during his third NBA season (85-86) with the Portland Trailblazers – he eventually overtook the starting position from Jim Paxson that season. Paxson was an NBA all-star in 82-83 and 83-84.

Here’s some more facts within the stats:

  • Detlef Schrempf accomplished triple doubles off the bench three times in his career in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
  • Clyde Drexler recorded a triple double off the bench for the Trailblazers twice in three games! The game off the bench in which he didn’t get the triple double? He still had 23 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in 40 minutes.
  • Jeremy Lin is only one of three players to have accomplished the triple-double in less than 30 minutes of play, along with Brian Shaw and Rod Strickland.
  • All but two of the triple doubles have been accomplished with the standard points, rebounds, and assists. Shawn Bradley and Larry Sanders came off the bench to block more than 10 shots (in place of assists).
  • No one has ever pulled the elusive quadruple double – the closest? John Williams had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals for the Washington Bullets (remember them?)

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