Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic – who had 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and five blocks in a win over the Kings last night – appeared befuddled when asked about his 5×5.
“What?” Nurkic asked repeatedly.
If Nurkic didn’t know about a 5×5 – at least five in each of the five major individual box-score stats – it’d be understandable. His was just the 15th on record (since 1983-84, as far back as Basketball-Reference has data).
Nobody has ever seen a 5×5 quite like his. Nurkic’s 23 rebounds were the most ever in a 5×5, as he became the first player to record a 20-20 5×5.
Here’s a history of 5x5s since 1983-84: