Josh Giddey Makes History As Youngest Player to Ever Record a Triple-Double

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Josh Giddey has accomplished a lot so far in his first year in the NBA. We’re not even halfway through the season, and he’s already living up to the expectations that come with being a lottery pick. He’s a solid scorer, an efficient rebounder, and his passing skills are hardly matched across the league.

With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sitting out of Sunday night’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks due to health & safety protocols, Josh Giddey took charge and led the Thunder to a near comeback before OKC eventually lost. Despite the loss, Giddey made NBA history as he became the youngest player ever to record a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds.

At just 19 years and 84 days old, Giddey accomplished the feat 56 days younger than LaMelo Ball, who set the new mark last season at 19 years and 140 days. Another notable name on that list is the fourth youngest player to ever do it: Luka Dončić at 19 years and 327 days.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and triple-doubles go hand-in-hand after the many recorded by Russell Westbrook in his time in OKC, and it’s safe to say that the trend will likely continue for years to come. Westbrook recorded his first triple-double on March 2, 2009—also his rookie season—but it took several seasons before he truly started racking them up. Josh Giddey should be able to use his size and skill to put up some impressive numbers for the foreseeable future, so don’t be surprised if you one day see him climbing the ladder of the career triple-double list.

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