In short, nope. No NBA player has ever accomplished a quintuple-double — which is very much like seeing a three-legged flying unicorn and a robotic Lochness monster… in a poly amorous relationship with a Big Foot that has a tentacle as one of his arms .
That’s to say, a quintuple-double has never been reported in any professional basketball league.
For you n00bs, a quintuple-double– also known as a 10-10-10-10-10 — is when a player accumulates 10 (or more) points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks —— within a single game. Basically, if you have a player that’s even sniffing a quintuple double, you’re winning that day’s fantasy basketball league.
But in the NBA, it hasn’t happened, and the closest any NBA player has gotten was still far off:
By the way, we didn’t count any players’ statlines that included zero or 1 (1 steal for example) in the above list because one steal or zero blocks isn’t “close” (outside of Olajuwon’s quad double).
The closest to the quintuple-double was from the great Hakeem Olajuwon, and as impressive as his night was on March 3rd, 1990, it wasn’t even that close. It wasn’t even a quadruple double. Even though it was the nearest statline to 5×10, it was still 5 steals and one assist short.
That just tells you how difficult it will be to register a quintuple-double, if it ever happens.
Check this weird triple double out: 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. Yes, that’s without the points. This from a man that was averaging 10.7 points when he accomplished it, but he ended up scoring just 4 points in that game. And why it may be the closest to a quint-dub? In that same game he blocked five shots! So Green was actually closer to a quadruple double with his blocks than he was with points. It’s not like he had to get three more steals and five more blocks — he had to score 6 more points and 5 more blocks.
If the game went into overtime, Draymond could have easily gotten another 6 points.
Non-NBA Quintuple Doubles
The only recorded quintuple-doubles both occurred in a girls’ high school game. The first time it happened was in 1997. The crazy statistical tornado was accomplished by Tamika Catchings of Duncanville High School in Texas recorded 25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks in 1997. It’s no surprise that it was Catchings, the WNBA legend, Olympic Gold Medalist and certain Hall of Famer, that is well-known for doing a little bit of everything and giving 100% when on the court.
The second time that a quintuple-double was registered was in 2012. Aimee Oertner of Northern Lehigh High School in Slatington, Pa., scored 26 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, passed for 10 assists, and pulled in 10 steals and 11 blocks.
Not that quintuple doubles are ever easy, and no offense to Catchings or Oertnerm but the accomplishment in high school vs. the NBA is miles away.
So What Players are Capable of the First Quintuple Double?
Back to the NBA, it really comes down to a player that not only can block shots but is quick enough to steal passes. All those usual triple-double threats like Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and even LeBron James aren’t real threats to get a quintuple double because of the blocks.
It comes to those multifaceted front court players. It’s a short list. Off the top of my head, there’s fewer than ten players in the last 30 years that were ever real quintuple double threats:
It’s not out of the question for these handful of players block ten shots and on a good night. But can they also accumulate 10 steals? Not only does it have to be a special player, but that particular game would probably have to go into a couple overtime sessions for them to achieve the quintuple-double.
The problem? All but one of these players are retired from the NBA. The one player that has the best chance, Anthony Davis, would have to have a career night in steals and pass the ball unusually well.
So what other current players could threaten a 10-10-10-10-10? Both LeBron and Draymond Green are capable of triple doubles on many nights, but getting 10 blocks seems highly-unlikely for the duo. Even the triple-double machine Russell Westbrook isn’t a serious part of this conversation due to shot blocking as part of the equation.
Think about it — a player has scored 100 points in one game. That same player (Wilt Chamberlain) has pulled in 50 rebounds in a game twice! A player has dished 30 assists before. A quadruple-double has been recorded four times. A quintuple-double has never happened and has never been close, so it must be the most-difficult stat-based accomplishment ever in NBA history.
It’ll have be a combination of that very-rare multi-skilled big man like a Robinson, Hakeem, Kirlenko, Garnett or Davis along with the stars aligning in a couple-overtime game for the near-impossible quintuple-double to be recorded for the first time.