Jelani Scott | Sports Editor
When you are selected in a draft that includes Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan, it’s easy to be forgotten unless you do something to stand out.
6-3, 185 lb. guard Alvin Robertson was picked seventh overall by the San Antonio Spurs in 1984, an impressive feat for the University of Arkansas product.
Over the course of his 16 year professional basketball career, Robertson was a four-time NBA All-Star, an all-NBA Second Team selection, a two-time All-Defensive First Team selection and led the league in steals three times, among other accolades.
Most basketball fans know that a “triple double” is when a player earns double digits in three statistical categories in a game and that some players accomplish this multiple times in one season.
But Robertson accomplished something that has been only been done twice since 1986.
On this day in history, Robertson led the Spurs to a 120-114 win over the Phoenix Suns and finished the game with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. Only Robertson and two of the three other players to do this did so without an overtime.
1986 was his best year as the 23-year-old set the NBA ablaze in his second season, winning the Most Improved Player and the Defensive Player of the Year Awards and being named to the all-NBA Second Team.
Although he never won a championship, Robertson made history that year by becoming the first guard to earn a “quadruple-double”.
Robertson retired in 2000 and, to date, has not been named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.