On this day in 1974, Nate Thurmond was able to record the first Quadruple-Double in the history of the NBA. Thurmond is an all-time great in the NBA, who unfortunately passed away back in 2016. He played for a total of 3 teams in his 14 year career, most of which spent with the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors.
This particular game, came in his debut as a Chicago Bull after he was traded from Golden State in the 1974 offseason. Playing the Atlanta Hawks, Thurmond was able to put up a staggering stat-line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. This all contributed to a 120-115 OT win over the Hawks.
Nowadays, we see a triple double from someone every other night, and we have begun to take the incredible effort for granted. This makes Thurmond’s performance even more impressive in the context of his era. In a time when a triple-double was a rare feat, he went above and beyond. An accomplishment like Thurmond’s is something that acts as a trailblazer of sorts, helping change the way that the game of basketball was played and shaped the fast paced, stat-driven league we see today. In the great history of the NBA, this is a shining moment for one of the legends of the game. When you see guys like Russell Westbrook and LeBron James putting up incredible stat-lines, be sure to remember the greats like Oscar Robertson and Nate Thurmond who changed the game with performances like the one On This Day in 1974