Getting a double-double is kind of a complicated thing to do while landing a triple-double is a milestone not many players can ever achieve throughout their entire career, so imagine how difficult it would be to get a quadruple-double.
Just a handful of players throughout history have managed to get a quadruple-double, meaning they’ve racked double digits in 4 different positive categories as points, assists, rebounds, steals or blocks.
As a matter of fact, just 4 players have ever recorded this rarity: Nate Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and of course, David Robinson, who did it for the last time way back then in 1994.
Still, considering the kind of video game stat lines some players are having nowadays, we got the feeling that the quadruple double may appear once again pretty soon in the Association, and here we tell you our top 7 candidates likely to get one.
Honorable Mention: Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic just became the fastest guy to ever record a triple-double, doing it in just 14 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks, and he’s one of the best passers in the league despite playing center.
He’s not the greatest rim protector you’ll find in the league, but he’s still able to land a quadruple-double with 10 blocks if he manages to get it going with 3 or 4 early swats, as he all know he’s more than capable of piling 10 assists.
7. Anthony Davis
Just a few years ago, Anthony Davis had the amazing stat line with 36 points, 14 rebounds, 9 blocks and 7 assists and that was very close for the quadruple-double.
After DeMarcus Cousins injury, maybe he can chase quadruple-double once again. He can have 10 blocks and if he can record 5-6 assists until the 4th quarter, everything is possible.
6. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has always been an elite scorer, great rebounder and underrated playmaker, being the type of point forward that could easily snatch a triple-double, especially on any given night Stephen Curry is getting some rest.
Also, Durant has emerged as an elite rim protector and he’s even become the team leader in the blocked shots department, so he could rack a quadruple-double with points, rebounds, assists and blocks.
5. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons has taken the league for assault since day one and he’s proven to be an extremely gifted offensive player that can easily average a triple-double for a season a couple of years from now.
Simmons averages almost 8 dimes per game and is tall enough to play both forward spots, so the triple-double is pretty much a walk in the park for him. So, when he gets his defense clicking, he could get a quadruple-double with 10 steals by attacking passing lanes with his huge wingspan.
4. LeBron James
Obviously, before Ben Simmons there was LeBron James, and considering he’s the primary playmaker and ball handler on his team, he’s a nightly triple-double threat as he’s proven throughout the campaign.
Also, (except for this season) LeBron has always been a top-tier defender, especially during the playoffs, so it wouldn’t be crazy to think he may get the quadruple double with either steals or his signature chase down blocks.
3. Draymond Green
As a matter of fact, Draymond Green was extremely close to recording a quadruple-double earlier on his career, but he fell short in the points category, one of the oddest triple doubles the league has ever seen with 4 points, 12 boards, 12 dimes and 10 steals.
Green is one of the best passers on a team that thrives sharing the rock, and he’s a very good rebounder despite being kind of undersized. Also, being a defensive specialist, he may get the quadruple double with blocks or steals also.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a human highlight reel and he’s proven that he can lead his team in every single relevant category, and with the number of touches he gets on the offensive end of the floor, the triple-double possibility is always around for him.
Also, he’s a much more improved defender this year and with his incredible wingspan, and top-tier hustle, he could easily pile up the 10 steals or block needed to complete the quadruple double.
1. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook has already proved he can get triple doubles on his sleep, averaging one for the full prior campaign and almost doing the same this year, so explaining why he could get one is kind of futile right now.
Also, he’s one of the most aggressive players in the league attacking the passing lanes and has very active hands, so he could pile up 10+ steals on any of those nights the Thunder needs him to play 45 minutes to get the W against subpar squads.