Sports history in Black: Golden State Warrior Nate Thurmond achieves rare quadruple-double

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Nate Thurmond was a talented, big man drafted by the Golden State Warriors third overall in the 1963 NBA Draft out of Bowling Green, Ohio. Scouts were captivated by his ability to rebound.

Thurmond averaged 17 rebounds a game for his career and plenty of teams needed a man that size playing with them.

Professional basketball player Nate Thurmond, 1969. Photo credit: Nate Thurmond, public domain
NBA player Nate Thurmond, 1969. Photo credit: Nate Thurmond, public domain

Thurmond, who died in 2016, would play 11 seasons for the Warriors, taking part in multiple All-Star teams and making the NBA All-Defensive First Team two times, among many other
career achievements. But what he did non October 18, 1974, was something he owned all to himself.

Thurmond achieved the first ever quadruple-double when he recorded 22 points, 14
rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks in a 120-115 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The next person to record one would not come along until 12 years later, when Alvin Roberson of the San Antonio Spurs would become the first guard to record a quadruple-double.

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