The Quintessential Player
a 5X5 is when a Player record 5 catagories with atleast 5 things in each catagory.
IE 5 points, 5 assist, 5 blocks, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals.
Kirilenko square with new 5x5 status You've heard of 20-10 performers and triple-double guys. Now meet that new statistical oddity: the 5x5 man. That would be at least five in each of the following stat categories – points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Utah's Andrei Kirilenko had 19 points, five rebounds, seven assists, eight steals and five blocks recently against Houston. Only two other instances of a 5x5 were found in the past 10 years, one by Vlade Divac and the other by Jamaal Tinsley. And after Kirilenko joined the select company, he repeated the feat against New York.
This is really something. Before Kirilenko, an NBA player had only reached at least five each of points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single game just twice in the last 10 years. he did in a week what it took the nba 10 years to do.
Denver's Marcus Camby became the fourth person in the past 10 years to achieve the 5x5 when the Nuggets hosted the Utah Jazz in 2004
Kirilenko did it again on January 3rd 2006
* Stats before 1992 are not listed. also, Blocks and Steals where not kept before 1972
The quadrouple Double
Since blocks and steals weren't recorded as a statistical category before 1974, we have no exact knowledge were there any notable results in that area before that year. However, since 1974, there were 4 such extraordinary achievements:
1974 - Nate Thurmond: 22p, 14r, 13a, 12b
1986 - Alvin Robertson: 20p, 11r, 10a, 10s
1990 -Hakeem Olajuwon: 18p, 16r, 10a, 11b
1994 - David Robinson: 34p, 10r, 10a, 10b
I also know for a fact Clyde Drexler had something like 28 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals and 9 assists on opening night in 1996-97 season, and I think Larry Bird was close once. And, of course, the late Wilt Chamberlain used to say he would have many 4D-s had the blocks been recorded during his prime (Bill Russell probably would have had a few as well).
There were no quintuple-doubles since 1974, although Andrei Kirilenko flirted with the idea a few times this past season. Also, to my knowledge, there was never a triple-double without points being one of the categories, unless maybe if you count turnovers ;-)