Victor Wembanyama: Youngest Spurs Player with Triple-Double Record

‣ Victor Wembanyama, at only 20 years old, became the youngest San Antonio Spurs player to record a triple-double in a game against the Detroit Pistons.
‣ Wembanyama’s triple-double was achieved in the second-fewest minutes in the shot clock era, only surpassed by Russell Westbrook’s record in 2014.
‣ Wembanyama is the second Spurs rookie to post a triple-double in franchise history, joining David Robinson. He is also the fourth rookie to have a triple-double without a turnover since turnovers were first tracked in the 1977-78 season.

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Victor Wembanyama has made history. He’s the youngest San Antonio Spurs player to record a triple-double. This milestone happened during Wednesday night’s 130-108 victory over the Detroit Pistons. At the tender age of 20 years and six days, Wembanyama scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out a season-high 10 assists in just over 21 minutes of play.

Interestingly, his 21:02 on the court is the second-fewest minutes in a triple-double performance in the shot clock era, which started in 1954-55. The record holder? Russell Westbrook, who logged a triple-double in 20:17 with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

According to several NBA betting sites, Wembanyama is a hot contender for NBA Rookie of the Year. He’s currently second in line, just behind Chet Holmgren. Sportsbooks also show promising odds for Jaime Jaquez Jr.

A tweet from Basketball Reference confirmed Wembanyama’s impressive feat. It read: “Wemby is the youngest player in @Spurs history to record a triple-double. #NBA #PorVida.”

Wembanyama’s response to his achievement was humble and team-centered. “Doing it in a win is everything, of course,” he said. He admitted he didn’t know his performance was the second fastest in NBA history. But he added, “It matters to me. I’m not the type to talk for nothing. This is the kind of statement we want to make as a team, and this is the type of statement I want to make as a player.”

In terms of shooting, the 7-foot-4 forward finished 6-of-16 (37.5%) from the floor, missed all four of his attempts beyond the arc, and made 4-of-5 (80%) at the foul line.

Before Wembanyama, Tre Jones held the Spurs record for the youngest player to achieve a triple-double. He did it last season at 23 years and 84 days old. It happened during a 142-134 win against the Sacramento Kings on April 2, 2023, where Jones notched 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in 33 minutes.

The list of youngest Spurs players to post a triple-double includes some big names. Alvin Robertson, Tim Duncan, Larry Kenon, Johnny Moore, Dejounte Murray, and David Robinson all achieved it at 23 or 24 years old.

Wembanyama is only the second Spurs rookie to post a triple-double in franchise history, joining Robinson. He’s also the fourth rookie to have a triple-double without a turnover, since individual turnovers were first tracked during the 1977-78 season. The others are Ben Simmons, Andre Iguodala, and Robinson.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had high praise for Wembanyama. “He’s just a very good passer,” Popovich said. “He was a good passer before he got here.”

In his rookie season, Wembanyama is averaging 19.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, an NBA-leading 3.2 blocks, and 28.9 minutes per game. He’s shooting 44.7% from the floor, 28.8% from 3-point range, and 79.6% at the line.

The No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft, Wembanyama ranks 13th in total rebounds (326) this season, 11th in defensive rebounds (258), second in blocks (101), 14th in defensive rating (109.4), and 13th in usage percentage (30.4%).

James Shotwell
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