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Remembering Alvin Robertson’s quadruple double

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The only guard to make the aristocracy of tetrad in statistics

Alvin Robertson drives Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/ NBAE/ Getty Images

As mentioned yesterday, David Robinson is last NBA player to record a quadruple-double. But perhaps the most interesting quadruple-double belongs to Spurs guard Alvin Robertson.

For starters, the other quadruple-doubles belong to big men who predominantly played center. Nate Thurmond, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson measured 6’11”, 7’0”, and 7’1” respectively. By comparison, Robertson’s 6’3” is unique, making him the only guard in the elite group.

Also notable, the three centers earned their quadruple-doubles in the same four categories: points, assists, rebounds, and blocks. Alvin accrued 10 steals on his history-making night along with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Steals was Robertson’s forte as he was the league’s leader in steals for three season: 1986, 1987, and 1991. He is still in the top 10 NBA players of all time for steals racking up 2,112 total for his career.

He ranks third in Spurs franchise history in steals and once recorded a minimum one steal per game in 105 consecutive games. He played in three consecutive All-Star Games between George Gervin and David Robinson, bridging the era of the two legends.

But speaking of legends- if you are ever asked which Spurs player wearing #21 earned a quadruple-double, remember, it is not the most obvious guess that will get you a correct answer.


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