The Dallas Mavericks closed out the first half with three straight wins and nine in their last 11 games. Superstar Luka Doncic was red hot as the team was finally healthy and hitting their stride. The Mavs are two games over .500 and back in the thick of the playoff race after the flurry.
Luka led the league with 17 triple-doubles last season. He had 32 before turning 22 years old, which is an NBA record. Will Doncic be able to break the all-time triple-doubles record?
Luka is on a historic pace. FanSided’s Ian Levy broke down the numbers. Let us take a closer look at the record and when Doncic could break the all-time mark.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is becoming a triple-double master
Luka produces a triple-double every 5.2 games and already has 32 in his career. The NBA did not start tracking triple-doubles until the 1979-1980 season, but Doncic ranks 12th all-time and is the Mavericks franchise leader in triple-doubles. Oscar Robertson is the all-time leader with 181 career triple-doubles. Russell Westbrook has 156 and could pass Robertson as he already has ten this season.
Robertson produces a triple-double every 5.7 games and Westbrook sits at one every 5.8 games. Doncic has the highest average. The 22-year-old superstar needs 149 triple-doubles to break the all-time mark. If he can keep up his current pace, Luka would need to play 775 games to break the all-time mark. Assuming he averages 70 games per season, Doncic would break the mark in 11 years.
Luka Doncic is on pace to become the all-time leader in triple-doubles before he retires. It figures to be one of the many marks the Mavericks superstar holds. He is one of the best players in the league and could go down as an all-time great. Dallas Mavericks fans should enjoy the ride with Luka. He is a unique talent that every team would love to employ.
Do not forget to tune in on Sunday night as Doncic starts his second straight All-Star game. It should be an exciting night. Fans will not want to miss it.