Julius Randle Triple Doubles Vs Nets | The 21 & Under Lakers Triple-Double Threat Club
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Back in March of last season, Julius Randle, at the age of 21, put up 13 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists against the Nuggets and became the 2nd youngest Laker ever with a triple-double; Magic Johnson was the youngest at age 20.
On Tuesday against the Nets, the heart and soul of the Lakers (yeah, I said it), the Draymond Green of the Lakers (yeah, I said that too) put up 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.
“He is continuing to get better and really realize what he is capable of doing,” Coach Luke Walton said of Randle.
The 6’9 power forward is averaging a career best 14.2 points per game, leading the team in rebounding (8.7) and is 2nd to D’Angelo Russell in assists (3.8)…and some of you Lakers fans wanted to trade him.
THE TRIPLE-DOUBLE THREAT CLUB
Back to that trivial stat about Randle and Magic Johnson being the only Lakers with triple-doubles before their 22nd birthdays, a young Kobe Bryant did have three impressive games where he was within 2 rebounds or assists.
- 2/22/99 (age 20): 26 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists
- 2/7/00 (age 21): 29 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists
- 3/12/00 (age 21): 40 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists
Kobe’s first triple-double came at the age of 22 on January 15th of 2001, when he had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Grizzlies. A month later, he had his 2nd career-triple double (25/10/10 vs the Hornets).
Also worth mentioning is a 21 year old Nick Van Exel also flirted with a triple-double back in 1996 with 13 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds.
If you were wondering about other NBA players in the past 30 years to pull off a triple-double as young as Magic did, LeBron, Lamar Odom, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Tyreke Evans, Tony Wroten, Jrue Holiday, Chris Webber and Chris Paul all did it before they were allowed to legally drink.