Victor Wembanyama: 5 eye-popping stats from first career triple-double

Victor Wembanyama registered his first career triple-double on Wednesday and joined some elite company to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a win over the Detroit Pistons.

Wembanyama produced 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 130-108 victory on the road to snap a five-game losing streak. He went 6-of-16 from the field in 21 minutes as the 7-footer works through a minute restriction (ankle injury).

The top pick is the only rookie to record a triple-double this season and is the first to do so since Austin Reaves on April 10, 2022. He picked it up early in the fourth quarter after tossing the ball over to Doug McDermott for a 3-pointer.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich liked his vision to find his teammates.

We went to him a lot more tonight and made him a focus offensively for the minutes he played. We’re learning where he wants the ball and feels most comfortable. The other guys are learning how to cut around him. We had some good cuts out on the court, and he finds those people, so if they move, he’ll find them.

Wembanyama topped his previous season high of seven assists with the performance. He had only finished with at least five assists in a game four times prior to Wednesday, though the double-digit mark was something he took pride in.

He had several options to choose from as far as his favorite assist of the night, but the pass in between the legs of Bojan Bogdanovic took the cake. He took what the Pistons gave him and made the right play throughout the night to lead the Spurs.

“We’ve been trying different stuff all season long, and today, we happened to get it all together and make the right choices,” Wembanyama said. “It might be somebody else tomorrow but it is good for when we play like that as a team all together.”

Wembanyama joined some elite company and set some records of his own with the performance. Here are some of the most notable stats and facts from Wednesday.

Spurs Allure

Wembanyama (20 years, 6 days) became the youngest player in franchise history to finish with a triple-double, surpassing the previous mark set by Tre Jones last season (23 years, 84 days). He is only the second rookie to accomplish the feat (David Robinson).

Young Company

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Wembanyama is now the fifth-youngest player in history to put up a triple-double. He joins several players, who’ve accomplished the feat within the past six years:

  1. Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City (Jan. 2, 2022): 19 years, 84 days

  2. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte (Jan. 9, 2021): 19 years, 140 days

  3. Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia (April 11, 2018): 19 years, 317 days

  4. Luka Doncic, Dallas (Jan. 21, 2019): 19 years, 327 days

  5. Victor Wembanyama: 20 years, 6 days

Quick Work

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Wembanyama joined Russell Westbrook as the only two players in history to register a triple-double in 22 minutes or fewer. Westbrook reached the mark in 20 minutes with the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 4, 2014.

He was happy to accomplish it in a win.

“Doing it in a win is everything,” Wembanyama said. “I didn’t know it was the second-fastest in NBA history. It matters to me. I’m not the type to talk for nothing, this is the kind of statement we want to make as a team and this is the kind of statement I want to make as a player also.”

0 Turnovers

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Wembanyama became the youngest player in history to record a triple-double with no turnovers. Andre Iguodala set the previous record on March 23, 2005 (21 years, 54 days). Only two other rookies have done it: David Robinson and Ben Simmons.


Jan 10, 2024; <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Detroit;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Detroit</a>, Michigan, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Malaki Branham;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Malaki Branham</a> (22) dribbles off the pick by center Victor Wembanyama (1) defended by Detroit Pistons guard <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Jaden Ivey;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Jaden Ivey</a> (23) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, Wembanyama became the youngest center in history to record a triple-double. He beat Brad Daughtery, who accomplished the feat on Dec. 19, 1986, at 21 years, 61 days.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire