The phenomenon of the triple-double has become very popular in the NBA the last few years, with Russell Westbrook averaging it for two consecutive seasons and a record-high number of players achieving it this season. But still, no one has managed to record a quadruple-double since 1994. In the history of the NBA, only 4 players have managed to achieve it on 5 occasions. The second player to ever make it was Alvin Robertson.
Robertson was selected 7th by the San Antonio Spurs in the famous 1984 NBA Draft (for some the best draft class in history). In 1986, Robertson became the winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award. This also marked the first of four NBA All-Star Game appearances. He also won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1986 and led the league in steals in 1986, 1987, and 1991. Robertson still holds the top career steals-per-game average in the NBA, with 2.71 per contest over 779 career games.
Exactly his pesky defense and great ability to interrupt passing lines allowed him to record the only quadruple-double in history with steals. The 6’3’’ guard best known for his defense showed his ability during a February 18, 1986, game against the Phoenix Suns. Roberson recorded 20 points, along with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a 120-114 victory as he was forever marked in the history books of the league.
Also, he is the only guard to accomplish it, with the other players being Hakeem Olajuwon (twice), David Robinson, and Nate Thurmond, which made his quadruple-double by some maybe the most impressive one.