A double-double in basketball occurs when a player achieves double-digit figures in two of the five main statistical categories during a game. Recording a double-double is an impressive feat, and the very best players do it on a daily basis.
The five statistical categories that can be included in a double-double are listed below:
- Points (made shots can be worth 2 or 3 points)
- Assists (passing the ball to a teammate that scores)
- Rebounds (gaining possession of the ball after a missed shot)
- Blocks (preventing an opposing player from scoring by swatting the ball away on a shot attempt)
- Steals (taking the ball away from an opposing player)
There are several different types of double-doubles, and some occur more often than others. It is more common for a player to achieve 10+ points, rebounds, or assists than it is for a player to compile double-digit blocks or steals. For example, a relatively normal double-double would look something like 10 points and 10 rebounds, while a 10 point and 10 steal game is considered a rarity.
Averaging a Double-Double
Extremely talented players have a tendency to achieve a double-double on a game-to-game basis. This is known as 'averaging' a double-double. It is reflected in the player's season-wide statistics, with a player posting 10 points and 10 rebounds during most or all of the regular season having a seasonal average of 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.