On This Date in NBA History: October 19, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson Made Their NBA Debuts


December 12, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors executive board member Jerry West speaks during a television interview during media day at the Golden State Warriors Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1960 – Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West and Cincinnati Royals point guard Oscar Robertson both made their NBA debuts in the same game, a 140-123 Royals victory. The Hall of Famers played well, combining for 41 points. While West scored 20 points and dished out five assists, Robertson impressively recorded a triple-double (21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists). One season later, Robertson would become the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a whole season. In addition, his 181 career triple-doubles are the most in the league all-time.

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