On this day: Hakeem Olajuwon recorded the fourth of only five quadruple-doubles ever

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26-years-ago today, Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon became just the third ever NBA player after Nate Thurmond and Alvin Robertson to record a quadruple-double.

You read correctly: a quadruple-double.

NBA Hall of Famer Olajuwon posted 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks in the Rockets' 120-94 win over Milwaukee. Four years later, David Robinson would join the illustrious list and become the fourth, and currently the last, player to record a quadruple-double.

The crazy thing is, 'Dream' nearly achieved this feat 26 days earlier.

The 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assist drubbing of the Golden State Warriors was as impressive as it was disputed by the 17-year Rockets man.

Olajuwon had a first-quarter dime ruled null and void by the NBA leaving the 12-time All-Star's first ever quad a so close, but so far endeavour.

Despite the best efforts of Rockets officials, the number one pick in the 1984 draft would have to wait for another chance at immortality; but he wouldn't have to wait long.

In fact, this legendary, standard-bearing performance came against another member of the quadruple-double club: Alvin Robertson. However, the Nigerian-born Olajuwon was arguably the most complete basketball player of all-time and if he isn't, he's certainly in the conversation.

Another player who would feel at home in any such argument is Michael Jordan, commonly regarded as the greatest to play the game - period.

When discussing the game's greatest ever centers during an interview with Cigar Aficionado in 2005, Jordan insisted that Olajuwon came out top of the pile, despite some ground-breaking peers.

"If I had to pick a center [for an all-time best team], I would take Olajuwon," Jordan insisted. "That leaves out Shaq, Patrick Ewing. It leaves out Wilt Chamberlain. It leaves out a lot of people.

"And the reason I would take Olajuwon is very simple: he is so versatile because of what he can give you from that position. It's not just his scoring, not just his rebounding or not just his blocked shots. People don't realize he was in the top seven in steals.

"He always made great decisions on the court. For all facets of the game, I have to give it to him."

When you take into consideration the warranted fuss a triple-double generates in today's game, and the fact you can count the number of players to record a quadruple-double on one hand, it really brings to light what a terrific achievement it was.

Not only that, but it takes a special breed of player to do it. Russell Westbrook equaled the record number of triple-doubles for one calendar month with Michael Jordan in the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

That's a tremendous feat, no question. Nothing about Olajuwon's accomplishment detracts from that, in fact, it perpetuates it.

For a point guard to record the rebounds necessary to produce those kind of numbers takes something extraordinary.

By the same token, for a big man to drop as many dimes is a rare sight to see. There will always be board-grabbing bigs and dish-happy point guards and even volume shooters in between, but the perfect cocktail of all elements is a rare sight indeed.

And that's the legacy behind Olajuwon's monumental feat on this day: he made himself a name that future generations - including well-rounded players regarded as superstars like LeBron James - would go on to aspire to be like.

So, who's on the cusp of being the next Olajuwon?

During a 118-111 double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets last season, Anthony Davis managed to put together a stat line that included 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks, and seven assists.

Sure, the double-overtime probably aided his cause. But, still, Davis proved he has the arsenal to produce those eye-popping numbers and at just 22-years-old, he could well make himself the fifth name on an exclusive and very, very short list.

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