During a game, a player earns a triple-double when he scores 10 or more in at least three statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks).
In today’s NBA, there are a lot of triple-double machines. Russell Westbrook has overtook Oscar Robertson as the NBA regular-season leader in triple-doubles. LeBron James is also one of the league’s leading triple-double scorers.
The number of triple-doubles in the NBA has increased in recent years, as some players are expected to run the offense for their team every minute they’re on the court.
Now that the NBA Finals have begun, it’s time to take a look at the all-time triple-double totals on the league’s greatest stage.
The five all-time leaders in triple-doubles during the NBA Finals are profiled in this article.
Note that if two players have the same number of triple-doubles, the player who achieved them in less games will be ranked higher.
Walt Frazier, #5, had two triple-doubles in the NBA Finals.
With the New York Knicks, Walt “Clyde” Frazier won two NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. With the New York Knicks, he appeared in three NBA Finals.
Frazier had two triple-doubles in his NBA Finals career, which spanned 17 games. In Game 2 of the 1970 NBA Finals, Frazier had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Frazier then had a 14-point triple-double with 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals.
Throughout his NBA Finals career, Frazier averaged 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.
#4 Jimmy Butler – Triple-doubles in the NBA Finals: 2
Jimmy Butler had a great postseason run with the Miami Heat in the Orlando bubble in 2020. The franchise even made it to the NBA Finals.
Butler had some extraordinary games on the league’s biggest stage against LeBron James’ LA
In six NBA finals games, Butler had two triple-doubles that helped the Miami Heat to their only two wins of the series. He was also the third player in NBA history to achieve a 40-point triple-double in the NBA Finals alongside Jerry West and LeBron James.
Butler averaged 26.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.6 assists per game in the 2020 NBA Finals.1 / 2NEXTEdited by Rachel Syiemlieh