With all the good things LeBron James and Luka Doncic are doing this season with triple-doubles and the kind of numbers Russell Westbrook put up during the last couple of seasons, it’s hard not to think that NBA players are actually pushing to get triple-doubles more than ever.
A Redditor that goes by the name ‘Haaa_penis’ collected info and put it into graphics to explain how NBA players try to get the triple double-figure when they see themselves in a good position.
Firstly, he explained the rebound distribution when players have double-digit points, where the probability of getting n+1 rebounds is less than getting n rebounds.
Then, he explains the distribution of rebounds when a player has at least 10 points and 10 assists.
As you can see, when a player has recorded double-digit points and assists (aka they just need 10 rebounds for a triple-double), they are almost equally as likely to get 8 rebounds as they are to get 10 rebounds. The probability of getting 9 rebounds is LOWER than the probability of getting 12 rebounds.
You know what that means. They’re hunting that triple-double.