On Saturday night, Lonzo Ball became the youngest player ever to record a triple-double in an NBA game.
By grabbing his 10th rebound in the fourth quarter during a game against the Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard claimed his first triple-double at 20 years and 15 days old. LeBron James had previously been the youngest to accomplish the feat, at 20 years and 20 days.
All told, Ball finished with 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 steals and 4 blocks. The Lakers lost the game against the Bucks by a score of 98-90.
🎥 Lonzo Ball finished with 19 points, 13 assists, and 12 rebounds, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. pic.twitter.com/x8axRV6bb9
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 12, 2017
When asked about the feat after the game, Ball told reporters, “I really don’t care.” The rookie went on to say that it doesn’t matter to him what he did individually; he just wanted to win that night. “I thought we put ourselves in a good position to get it, but it just didn’t happen,” Ball added later.
The Los Angeles Lakers took Lonzo ball out of UCLA with the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. The point guard stands at 6-6 and weighs 190lbs. He has struggled somewhat with his shooting so far this season; Ball has made just 31% of his shots while averaging 50% from the free throw line. However, he’s totaled 118 points and may be heating up, if Saturday night’s game is any indication.
Below is a list of the youngest players in NBA history to record triple-doubles, courtesy of this article at NBA.com.
Ball (20 years, 15 days), 2017: 19 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists
James (20 years, 20 days), 2005: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
James (20 years, 23 days), 2005: 28 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists
Lamar Odom (20 years, 65 days), 1999: 10 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
John Wall (20 years, 65 days), 2010: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists
Magic Johnson (20 years, 75 days): 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists