The reason why [quadruple-double] is such a hard thing to accomplish is because it requires a player to be completely dominant on both ends of the court without being too selfish—so he can get the assists—and without fouling out trying to block every shot or grab every rebound. A lot of guys can get the points, rebounds and assists, but it's the defensive stuff that messes everybody up. You have to love defense to get a quadruple-double. There's no way around it. ”
— Nate Thurmond
A quadruple-double is defined as a performance in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in four of five statistical categories—points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots—in a game. This feat is extremely rare:only four players have officially recorded a quadruple-double in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. The first American male player above the high school level to officially record a quadruple-double was Nate Thurmond, who achieved this feat in 1974 while playing for the NBA's Chicago Bulls. The first American female player above the high school level to officially record a quadruple-double was Ann Meyers, who achieved this feat in 1978 while playing for the UCLA Bruins. The first male player in NCAA Division I history to record a quadruple-double was Lester Hudson.
Quadruple-doubles have only been possible since the 1973–74 season, when the NBA started recording both blocked shots and steals. It is often speculated by observers that other all-time greats, namely Oscar Robertson (all time triple-doubles leader with 181, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell or Jerry West could conceivably have had quadruple-doubles. According to West's biography at NBA.com, he reportedly recorded a quadruple-double after having 44 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks. Wilt Chamberlain also reportedly recorded a quadruple-double in Game 1 of the 1967 Eastern Division Finals against the Boston Celtics, when he had 24 points, 32 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks.
Graphics after the jump.
|Nate Thurmond*||October 18, 1974||Chicago Bulls||120–115||Atlanta Hawks||45||22||14||13||0 or 1||12||Yes (OT)|||
|Alvin Robertson||February 18, 1986||San Antonio Spurs||120–114||Phoenix Suns||36||20||11||10||10||0||No|||
|Hakeem Olajuwon*||March 29, 1990||Houston Rockets||120–94||Milwaukee Bucks||40||18||16||10||1||11||No|||
|David Robinson*||February 17, 1994||San Antonio Spurs||115–96||Detroit Pistons||43||34||10||10||2||10||No|||
|Rick Barry*||October 29, 1974||Golden State Warriors||Buffalo Braves||43||30||10||11||9||—||No|||
|Larry Steele||November 16, 1974||Portland Trail Blazers||Los Angeles Lakers||44||12||11||9||10||—||No|||
|Johnny Moore||January 8, 1985||San Antonio Spurs||Golden State Warriors||36||26||11||13||9||—||No|||
|Larry Bird*[a]||February 18, 1985||Boston Celtics||Utah Jazz||33||30||12||10||9||—||No|||
|Micheal Ray Richardson||October 30, 1985||New Jersey Nets||Indiana Pacers||54||38||11||11||9||—||Yes (3 OT)|||
|Clyde Drexler*||January 10, 1986||Portland Trail Blazers||Milwaukee Bucks||42||26||9||11||10||—||No|||
|Hakeem Olajuwon*||March 3, 1990||Houston Rockets||Golden State Warriors||40||29||18||9[b]||—||11||No|||
|Clyde Drexler*||November 1, 1996||Houston Rockets||Sacramento Kings||42||25||10||9||10||—||No|||