Doubleplusgood Beginnings

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Since the 1983-84 season, 4 players have started their careers with a string of at least 4 double-doubles. You’re likely not going to be surprised by any of the names on this list.

In 1989, The Admiral himself, David Robinson, kicked off his career with 4 straight double-doubles.  He scored at least 19 points in each game, and averaged an incredible 4 blocks and 2 steals as well.

In 1991, Dikembe Mutombo got his finger-wagging started early, beginning his career with 5 straight double-doubles.  Interestingly, Mutombo’s rookie season was the highest scoring average of his career, and he showed that scoring ability with an incredible 27 point, 17 rebound, 5 block performance in the 2nd game of his career.

The second longest streak belongs to half of the Twin Towers, Ralph Sampson.  In 1983 he began his career with 9 double-doubles in a row.  He dominated from day one, averaging over 22 points, 14 rebounds and nearly 3 blocks a game.  Sampson capped off the run with a dominant 32 point, 20 rebound performance against the New Jersey Nets.

You’ve likely guessed the record holder in this particular stat.  In 1992 a little guy named Shaquille O’Neal came in and asserted himself as a force to be reckoned with from tipoff of the first game.  The 20-year-old earned a double-double in his first 11 games, including scoring 29 points 5 times, and blocking at least 3 shots in each game.  Shaq was truly a powerful player from the moment he stepped on an NBA court.

Courtesy of Basketball Reference

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