In the Celtics 100-87 victory over the Pacers last night, Evan Turner posted 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds against his former team.

Over the first 390 games of his NBA career (including playoffs), Turner had zero triple-doubles.  Now he has three in his last 21 games.  For the season, Turner is tied for second in the league (behind Russell Westbrook's 10) in total triple-doubles with James Harden, Michael Carter-Williams and some guy named Rajon Rondo.

During his time in Boston, Rondo was the undisputed triple-double king of the NBA.  He totaled 32 of them in a Celtics uniform--and from the day he recorded his first until the day he was traded to the Mavericks, no one else in the league had as many triple-doubles as Rondo did (he even missed an entire season with an ACL tear).

Now that Rondo is gone, Turner is remarkably filling the void for these upstart new Celtics.  Below are the average stat lines for Rondo and Turner since Decemeber 19, the day Boston made the deal with Dallas:

9.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 41% field goals and 29% threes in 29.1 minutes.
9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 42% field goals and 33% threes in 29.0 minutes.

Not that it matters because they are virtually identical, but the first is Turner and the second is Rondo.

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Mark Van Deusen 4/02/2015 03:16:00 PM Edit
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