In the modern-day NBA, recording a triple-double has become a common occurrence compared to a few years ago. The biggest reason for this surge in triple-doubles is that the league has become much more scoring-friendly.
More and more players have based their games to be elite on the offensive end of the floor. Despite all that, recording a triple-double is still a great achievement, especially for young players.
Speaking of young players recording a triple-double, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey made history in their recent game against the Dallas Mavericks. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. The record was previously held by LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets.
Ball did it when he was 19 years and 140 days old. Giddey, on the other hand, did it at the age of 19 years and 84 days. Breaking this record is a phenomenal achievement and makes him part of an elite list.
Giddey's amazing night has not only earned him a place in the NBA history books but also pushed LeBron James out of the list of top-5 youngest players in the NBA to record a triple-double. James did it when he was just 20 years and 20 days and he held the record for several years.
Now shifting focus towards Giddey's stat line for the game. He finished the match with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists, but even after his historic performance, OKC lost the game. It must have been disappointing for him to see his team taste defeat even after giving it his all.
Apart from becoming the youngest player to ever record a triple-double, Giddey made headlines with another record. It was reported by Twitter account "ESPN Stats & Info":
"Josh Giddey is the youngest player in NBA history to lead all players in points, rebounds and assists in a game. The only other player to do it as a teenager is Luka Doncic."
It seems like the Thunder have got a talented young player on their team. But even he wouldn't be able to save the Thunder's poor 2021-22 NBA season.
They are currently 13th in the Western Conference with an abysmal record of 13-23 to their name. The only positive for them is that they might have a bright future ahead.