The Miami Heat may have lost Game 1 to the San Antonio Spurs 92-88, but to look at LeBron James having a triple-double as the reason they lost is wrong. Many analyst, writers, and bloggers have stated recently that James needed to do more in the fourth quarter on his own. They have also said the lack of support from fellow teammates like Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and other role players diminishes the effectiveness of the triple-double, even going as far to call the stat overrated. Before we jump over the cliff, let’s look at the stat from a historical context to see just how important the stat and the player really are.
The top 10 players in NBA history for triple-doubles have a combined 27 championship titles. Yes…27! The only two players without any championships are Lafayette (Fat) Lever and Grant Hill. Jon Havlicek’s eight titles can be quietly attributed to his 30 triple-doubles.
LeBron, being a student of the NBA game, understands how important it is to be an all around player. Sure he could still have a triple-double and score 30 points. Oscar Robertson has a remarkable 181 triple-doubles and averaged 30.8 ppg, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists in the 1961-62 season, but did not win the title until 1971. LeBron should keep playing the game in all areas. History proves it works.
Top 10 Triple-Doubles in NBA History:
- Oscar Robertson, 181
- Magic Johnson, 138
- Jason Kidd, 107
- Wilt Chamberlain, 78
- Larry Bird, 59
- Lafayette (Fat) Lever, 43
- LeBron James, 36 and counting
- Jon Havlicek, 30
- Grant Hill, 29
- Michael Jordan, 28
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