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.

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Sunny Sundvold

I could wax poetic about Jon Sundvold’s 3 point shooting prowess in Tecmo NBA Basketball, but we’ll save that for another day.  Today we’re honoring Sundvold as the only player since the 73/74 season to average less than 0.01 blocks per game (400+ games played).  That’s right, Sunny played 502 games and climbed the ladder just 5 times.

Sundvold doesn’t hold the title for most minutes played in a season without blocking a single shot, though.  That honor goes to Muggsy Bogues, who, in the 94/95 season played 2629 minutes without registering a single swat.  Of course, including a 5 foot 3 inch 30-year old man in this ranking seems almost unfair.  However, Bogues registers a career blocks per game of 0.04, being credited with 39 blocks in his long and illustrious career.  Giving me an idea for another post…

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The Chosen 1

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You may have heard of the “trillion”, where a player contributes nothing to the box score despite technically appearing in the game.  But how about a player that contributes 1 of everything? Since the 83/84 season, no one has had a game quite like the game like William Bedford had for the Detroit Pistons on February 19, 1988.

Bedford had 1 point, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 foul, 1 field goal attempted, 1 free throw made, 1 block, 1 steal, and 1 turnover. Unfortunately, all that 1 power didn’t lead to 1 win for the Detroit Pistons, as they lost by 11 points to the Bucks.

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Bare Minimum

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Since the 83-84 season, there have been five triple-doubles where the player only achieved the bare minimum of 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.  Surprisingly, the list is all fairly well-known names.  First, a trio of fantastic point guards: Penny Hardaway, Jason Kidd and Kyle Lowry.

But the true Bare Minimum champion is our only two-time “achiever”, 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala!

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