Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, achieving the feat against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the age of 20 years, 15 days.
LeBron James had previously been the youngest to get a triple-double, doing so in the 2004-05 season at 20 years, 20 days.
Ball finished with 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and had 3 steals and a career-high-tying 4 blocks. Afterward, Ball said the triple-double didn’t mean anything, because the Lakers fell 98-90 for their third straight loss.
“I really don’t care,” Ball said of his first triple-double. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”
It’s perhaps fitting that Ball collected his first triple-double in his first game against the Bucks, whose coach Jason Kidd ranked third all time in triple-doubles with 107, behind only Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Ball has often been compared to Kidd because of his passing, vision, rebounding ability and triple-double-suited game.
But Ball, playing in his 13th career game, got his first triple-double much quicker than Kidd, who needed 68 games to get his first.More sport news please click here
The youngest players to record triple-doubles in the NBA are:
Ball (20 years, 15 days), 2017: 19 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists
James (20 years, 20 days), 2005: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
James (20 years, 23 days), 2005: 28 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists
Lamar Odom (20 years, 65 days), 1999: 10 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
John Wall (20 years, 65 days), 2010: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists
Magic Johnson (20 years, 75 days): 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists