Nikola Jokic’s 50th career triple-double makes all kinds of NBA history
Nikola Jokic just keeps on doing Nikola Jokic things.
The Denver Nuggets star big man achieved several milestones after another huge game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Jokic finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, notching yet another triple-double.
With his latest performance, he joined the late Wilt Chamberlain as the only centers in NBA history to record 50 career triple-doubles. But Jokic’s feat is even more impressive considering he did it 287 games faster than The Big Dipper.
Centers to reach 50 career triple-doubles:
Wilt Chamberlain (did it in 703 games)
Nikola Jokić (did it in 416 games)
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 3, 2021
But as your favorite infomercial poetically says: Wait, there’s more!
According to the good people of Elias Sports, Jokic also became just the ninth player in NBA history, regardless of position, to reach 50 career triple-doubles, joining an elite list of guys who might know a thing or two about basketball.
Tonight, Nikola Jokic became the 9th player in NBA history to reach 50+ career triple-doubles. @EliasSports
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 3, 2021
It’s still quite unfathomable how Jokic slipped all the way to the 41st overall pick in 2014. Yes, NBA Drafts are always better in hindsight, but what happened to Jokic is truly unforgivable. Just for added perspective, here are some guys selected in the top 10: Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Nik Stauskas (NIK STAUSKAS!), and Noah Vonleh.
Getting a triple-double has been quite as easy as 1-2-3 for Jokic, who was named to his third NBA All-Star Game and is one of the leading contenders for the MVP trophy this season.
With their win over the Bucks, the Nuggets improved to 20-15 for seventh place in the Western Conference. They will face the Indiana Pacers on Thursday and there’s a huge possibility that Nikola Jokic will do more Nikola Jokic stuff.
Also, when was the last time you read Nik Stauskas name?