Saturday, May 10, 2008

Statistical Schtick, or By The Numbers

Since Kim (bows towards KC) commented first, her help gets pride of place:

Statistical Schtick

Stat Categories
Points scored, points assisted with, rebounds made, shots blocked, and steals.

A score of ten or greater in two stat categories. The most common is points scored and rebounds made, next most common is points scored and points assisted with. Fairly frequent in NBA play.

A score of ten or greater in three stat categories. Usually points scored, points assisted with, and rebounds made. A great individual performace, and a player who can achieve triple-doubles routinely is a Very Good Thing to have on one's roster.

The Record
Oscar Robertson, 181
Magic Johnson, 138
Jason Kidd, 100 (and counting)

A score of ten or greater in four stat categories. This has only happened four times:

Nate Thurmond, October 18, 1974 -- 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks.
Alvin Roberton, February 18, 1986 -- 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals.
Hakeem Olajuwon, March 29, 1990 -- 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks.
David Robinson, February 17, 1994 -- 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks.

Wilt Chamberlain also has at least two to his credit -- both during the 1967 playoffs -- but they aren't official as the NBA didn't start counting blocks and steals until 1973.

A quintuple-double is theoretically possible, but hasn't happened yet. A five-by-five is a score of five or more in all five stat categories.

There are further permutations on the same theme, most having to do with scores of twenty or greater -- double double-doubles and so on. All ways and means of tracking excellence in players and their work.

See individual articles for details and additional source material.

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