It’s getting pretty difficult to come up with new adjectives to adequately describe the freakish talent that is New Orleans Pelican big man Anthony Davis. At just 23 years old, there is simply nothing that this kid cannot do on a basketball court. We have to focus on one Sunday night in particular — just another example of The Brow flashing his brilliance with another epic performance.
During a 118-111 double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets last season, Davis still managed to put together a stat line that included 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks, and seven assists. While we’re sure he’d have much rather won the ballgame, it’s impossible not to acknowledge how otherworldly this show was. According to both the Pelicans and the Elias Sports Bureau, there has never been a player in the history of the sport to put up those kinds of numbers. If you needed any doubt that he was going to be missed in Rio, this is it.
In fact, the only thing that he didn’t do during that game was record a quadruple-double. Then again, that hasn’t happened very much in the history of the NBA. While we’re sure that Davis will no doubt challenge this stat line again, let’s take a look at those who have managed to record the elusive quadruple-double.
1. Nate Thurmond – October 18, 1974
- Stat line: 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks
- Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond was a superstar in every sense of the word. He had solid numbers throughout his career and managed to average a double-double, with 15.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. He was a seven-time All Star, a consistent member of the NBA All-Defensive Team, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
He was also the first player in recorded history to have a quadruple-double, a feat that occurred on October 18, 1974, when his Chicago Bulls took on the Atlanta Hawks. This contest was the first game of the 1974-1975 season and Thurmond helped lead the Bulls to a 120-105 victory in overtime. With a stat line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocks, it’s no surprise that Thurmond earned the nickname “Nate the Great.”
2. Alvin Robertson – February 18, 1986
- Stat line: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals
- Opponent: Phoenix Suns
Alvin Robertson was a solid shooting guard who was selected to four All-Star Games and won the 1986 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. At the beginning of his career, Robertson averaged just under 20 points per game, but he left his mark on the league during a February 18, 1986, game against the Phoenix Suns. While playing for the San Antonio Spurs, Robertson helped lead his team to a 120-114 victory. His quadruple-double came on 8-17 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free-throw line. Robertson’s 20 points were not a team high, but his 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals put him in a league of his own.
3. Hakeem Olajuwon – March 3, 1990
- Stat line: 29 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks
- Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Tw0-time NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon is the only person in NBA history to record more than one quadruple-double in a game. The first of these impressive performances came on March 3, 1990, during a game in which his Houston Rockets demolished the Golden State Warriors 129-109. In this contest, Olajuwon was absolutely dominant, finishing with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocks. Not only could he control the post with his fluid footwork, but as you can see from the numbers, The Dream was one of the best passing big men to ever step on the floor. This game was just Hakeem being Hakeem.
4. Hakeem Olajuwon – March 29, 1990
- Stat line: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks
- Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks
While Olajuwon’s second quadruple-double wasn’t on par with the first one, the fact that he did it again in the same season makes it all the more impressive. On March 29, 1990, Olajuwon led the Rockets to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, putting on a show in the process. Hakeem the Dream was unstoppable, on his way to 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocks. Interestingly enough, this performance came against another member of the quadruple-double club: Alvin Robertson. However, this night was all about the Houston Rockets and their future Hall of Fame center.
5. David Robinson, February 17, 1994
- Stat line: 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks
- Opponent: Detroit Pistons
The last recorded quadruple-double was accomplished by the brilliant David Robinson. The Hall of Fame center put together this magical performance on February 17, 1994, against the Detroit Pistons, and it was accompanied by a Spurs victory. The Admiral scored 34 points on 12-20 from the field and also tacked on 10 points from the free-throw line. In addition to the points, Robinson recorded 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks, and the Spurs handled the Pistons with ease, 115-96.