We have 5 categories in basketball which we take into account when triple-double or quadruple-double is achieved. They are: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots.

The achievement of quadruple-double is extremely rare, triple-double is not so rare, and I have defined the achievement that splits rebounds into offensive ones and defensive ones and I do not know how often such an achievement happens?

Now, to define it:

Let us call an achievement in basketball a jumper´s triple-double if the following two conditions are fulfilled:

1) The player has a double digit number of offensive rebounds and a double digit number of defensive rebounds.

2) The player has a double digit number of two out of the remaining four categories.

So, for example, if someone has 19 points and 10 assists and 23 rebounds and if 8 rebounds are offensive and 15 defensive than he did not achieve a jumper´s triple-double but if 11 rebounds are offensive and 12 defensive than he did achieve a jumper´s triple-double.

Now, two questions:

1) How often does the achievement of jumper´s triple-double happen (for instance, how many times we can expect it in one professional basketball season (you can take NBA as an example if you want))?

2) Can you give some documented examples of basketball players that achieved jumper´s triple-double?

NOTE: The term jumper's triple-double is NOT an official term for any basketball statistic and has been made up to indicate a particular statistic just for the purpose of this question.

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How often should you expect it? Never. Only 24 times since 1983 has a player recorded a triple double with 20+ rebounds, which is the absolute minimum required to even look at the offensive/defensive breakdown.

Since the 1983-1984 season, which is as far back as Basketball Reference has rebounding stats, only one player has achieved your "jumper's triple double". That player was Shaquille O'Neal. On November 20, 1993, in his second season in the league, he had 18 defensive rebounds, 10 offensive rebounds, 24 points, and 15 blocks.

It was a pretty good game.

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    Well thank you! I thought that maybe Wilt Chamberlain did it among the first ones, and I still do not know if he did it, but those were the times when statistics was not at today´s level so I do not know how to know if he did it first?
    – Farewell
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 7:42

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