On Thursday night, in the Lakers’ 108-95 loss to the Grizzlies, LeBron James reached a major career milestone.
Playing 37 minutes, the King filled in the stat sheet (four steals, two blocks) and posted the 100th triple-double of his career with 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
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In doing so, James joins the only four NBA players to have recorded at least 100 triple-doubles.
The Club 100 Triple-Double:
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– StatMuse (@statmuse) December 10, 2021
In his nineteenth NBA season, James has reached this milestone in the 1,324th game of his career in the regular season.
Here is how his triple-doubles have been distributed across the three NBA teams he has represented throughout his long career:
Breakdown of LeBron James’ triple-doubles by season
It’s no wonder James recorded the most triple-doubles in a season during the 2017-18 campaign. It was a season in the NBA after triple-doubles had become the trend for players of all skill levels and it remains the only season in which James played all 82 regular-season games.
|2018-19||Los angeles lakers||55||8|
|2019-20||Los angeles lakers||67||13|
|2020-21||Los angeles lakers||Four. Five||5|
|2021-22||Los angeles lakers||14||one|
As can be seen from the table, James has recorded the majority of his triple-doubles in the last half of his career. In fact, he has gone 58 out of 100 in the last six seasons from 2016-17.
LeBron James triple-doubles breakdown by franchise
Unsurprisingly, most of James’ triple-doubles while he has represented his home state franchise in the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team he has prepared for in 11 NBA seasons.
His 64 career triple-doubles with the Cavs are the highest in franchise history and nearly 40 more than the rest of the players combined.
|Cleveland Knights||2003-10, 2014-18||849||64|
|Los angeles lakers||2018 –||181||27|
Although he only had nine with the Heat, he is the franchise leader in the most triple-doubles in his career. However, unlike the Cavaliers’ all-time roster, he is under threat from Jimmy Butler, who has eight to his name as he dons the Heat jersey.
For the Lakers, it’s highly unlikely that James will reach the top echelon of the all-time charts given leader Magic Johnson’s 138 triple-doubles tally. Having said that, his triple-double against the Grizzlies is number 27 while representing the Lakers is the second most in franchise history.