This is a fairly big statement to make for a player that has played four seasons and only had six triple doubles but Antetokounmpo is built to be a triple double machine.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has his first triple double of the young 2016-17 NBA season and I strongly believe that it will certainly not be his last.
In 38 minutes, Antetokounmpo has 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. In a scary display, Antetokounmpo had five steals and three blocks.
I recently had the discussion that Anthony Davis could become the first player to score a quintuple double but Antetokounmpo could beat him to this historic feat.
This season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He is developing into a true superstar within this league.
Antetokounmpo did not have a triple double in his first two seasons. In his third season he had five. This gives him six for his really short career. The man is only 21 years of age.
If Antetokounmpo improves his triple double output to five per season then he will have 55 triple doubles which will put him sixth on the list. This is behind Larry Bird who has 59 triple doubles for his career.
I do not think that Antetokounmpo will be satisfied with five triple doubles per season. If he can raise his output to ten per season then he will have 115 for his career which will put him third on the all time list.
Between you and I, I think that Antetokounmpo will not be satisfied with that number. Since he has started playing the point forward position, his court awareness is going up and I can see him getting ten assists in games on a regular basis.
Given Antetokounmpo’s size and length, ten rebounds per game will be a regular occurrence. Also, with his scoring ability, currently at 12.7 points per game, he will have no problems scoring ten points per night.
He may not get to the top of the list, but given the fact that he is only just starting to figure out what he can do, I think that he will. Oscar Robertson holds the record for total triple doubles with 181, Magic Johnson a fair way behind him in second with 138.
Lets sit back and watch this freak of nature in action for at least the next ten years and see how he challenges many records.