Victor Wembanyama produced one of the best performances of his young career on Monday evening.
The San Antonio Spurs rookie recorded the second triple-double of his career after finishing with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 122-99 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Wemby also finished with five assists, meaning he was just five under from notching a historic quadruple-double.
There are only four players in NBA history to have a quadruple-double.
Fellow San Antonio player David Robinson was the last player to do so with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks in 1994.
Another player to record this unique stat line is Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon.
“The Dream” had 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocks and 10 assists in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks in 1990.
Olajuwon is one of the greatest players in NBA history, known as an elite shot blocker with mesmerizing footwork and deft touch around the rim.
After Wembanyama’s near-quadruple-double on Monday, comparisons to Hakeem made the rounds on social media.
“Rookie Victor Wembanyama is putting up top-notch Hakeem numbers at TWENTY,” one person said.
“Wemby does Tim Duncan and Hakeem bullshit all in one, btw,” added another.
“A 10 block triple double. The only guy I’ve ever seen with offense like that is Hakeem Olajuwon in his prime,” added a third.
Others think it’s only a matter of time before the San Antonio star notches a quadruple-double.
Although the French phenom didn’t quite match Hakeem’s quadruple-double, he matched him in another way.
With his performance against the Raptors, Wembanyama is only the third player in the NBA to record 25+ points, 10+ rebounds, 10+ blocks and 5+ assists.
The other two players are David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Additionally, the Spurs youngster became the first player in NBA history to achieve a triple-double of 20 points and 10 blocks in less than 30 minutes.
It was also the first triple-double with blocks since 2021, when Clint Capela had 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks for the Atlanta Hawks.
Victor is more than halfway through his first NBA season and is producing performances and stat lines usually reserved for Hall of Famers.
His potential and career trajectory are scary, but Wemby isn’t getting too ahead of himself and made sure to stay humble after his latest performance.
When asked if he was thinking about the quaduple-double during the game, he told reporters: “Come to think of it, yes.
“But I was trying to win first. I almost had a quintuple-double with turnovers too,” he joked, referring to the fact that he finished the night with seven turnovers.
In 48 games, Wembanyama is averaging a league-leading 20.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game.
He’s also a heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year, even though the Spurs are 11-43.
Despite Wemby’s best efforts, the Spurs remain in last place in the Western Conference.