49 Years Ago Today, Nate Thurmond Became The First Player To Complete A Quadruple Double


Basketball history is filled with awe-inspiring achievements and records that have shaped the game into what it is today. One such remarkable accomplishment was achieved by the late Nate Thurmond, an NBA icon known for his dominance on both ends of the court. 

49 years ago today, on October 18, 1974, when Thurmond gave his debut for the Chicago Bulls, the Bulls faced off against the Atlanta Hawks in their regular-season opener. That historic night, Thurmond amassed an astounding stat line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and an incredible 12 blocks – the first quadruple double in NBA history.


“I was born in the Midwest, but I haven’t lived here for 11 years,” he said. “I was amazed at the people who came up to me on the street, shook my hand and wished me well. You really feel like playing ball for fans like that.

“The offensive part of my game is the slowest to come. I don’t usually put it together for about 20 games, but the shot was there tonight, so I used it. Blocking shots was easier than usual because they drove right into me and didn’t use picks effectively.”


Nate Thurmond’s quadruple double went far beyond the box score; it etched his name in the pantheon of basketball legends. His feat demonstrated the all-encompassing nature of his game and cemented his status as one of the greatest centers of his era. Moreover, it showcased the significance of players contributing to various aspects of the game, transcending traditional positions and roles.

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