Getting a double-double in a NBA game is not that hard to do, and is certainly not a rare feat. But having long streaks of consecutive games with double-doubles is very hard to do.
This is a list of the players with the most consecutive streaks of double-double games in NBA history. I've also listed the players with the most consecutive double-double streaks since the 1973-74 season.
Players with the most consecutive double-doubles in NBA history
1. Wilt Chamberlain - 227
Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for most consecutive games with a double-double at 227.
Looking over Wilt Chamberlain's career, Wilt had five full seasons when he had double-doubles in every single game. Those five seasons were 1960-61 (79 games), 1961-62 (80 games), 1963-64 (80 games), 1965-66 (79 games), and 1966-67 (81 games).
So Wilt's 227 consecutive game streak of double-doubles had to include the 1960-61 and 1961-62 seasons, or the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons.
2. Wilt Chamberlain - 220
Wilt Chamberlain also has the NBA record for the second longest streak of consecutive double-double games at 220. As discussed above, Wilt's streak of 220 consecutive double-doubles had to include two of the five seasons in which he had double-doubles in every game.
So his 220 game streak of consecutive double-doubles included in either the 1961 and 1962 seasons, or the 1966 and 1967 seasons.
In addition to five full seasons during which he had double-doubles in every single game, Wilt also had four more seasons, 1959-60 (71 of 72 games), 1962-63 (79 of 80 games), 1964-65 (72 of 73), and 1967-68 (81 of 82), when he only had one game where he did not record a double-double.
3. Wilt Chamberlain - 133
Wilt Chamberlain also holds the NBA record for the third longest streak of consecutive double-double games at 133. This streak of continuous double-doubles had to include the entire 1963-64 season.
For his career, Wilt Chamberlain had the most double-doubles of any NBA player with 968. Wilt recorded a double-double in 92.6% of the games he played in the NBA.
From his rookie season in 1959-60 through the 1967-68 season, Wilt Chamberlain had just four games in which he did not record a double-double. Over that time frame, Wilt had 702 double-doubles in 706 games.
From the 1969 season on, Wilt Chamberlain had 266 double-doubles in 339 games. While nowhere close to his previous production, Wilt Chamberlain still had a double-double in 78.5% of the NBA games he played in from 1968 to the end of his career in 1973. That is a higher percentage of double-double games than any NBA player has today.
Most consecutive double-doubles since the 1973-74 season
- Elvin Hayes - 55
Elvin Hayes had 55 consecutive double-double games during the 1973-74 season (one game was actually from the season before). That is the longest streak of continuous double-doubles since that time. Elvin Hayes has the third most double-doubles in NBA history with 890.
Second most consecutive double-doubles since 1973-74
- Kevin Love - 53
Kevin Love made a lot of news when he recorded double-doubles in 53 consecutive games during the 2010-11 season. That was the second longest stretch of continuous double-double games since the 1973-74 season.
To date, Kevin Love has recorded double-doubles in 191 of 287 games played, or 66.6% of his games. That's a great percentage, but it is not the highest percentage among active players though, as Dwight Howard has recorded 481 double-doubles in 664 games (72.4%).