5 Players Most Likely to Achieve a ‘5×5’ Game After Draymond Green

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
December 13, 2015 3:33 pm Last Updated: December 13, 2015 7:36 pm

The Warriors may have finally lost, but along the way, Warriors forward Draymond Green posted a rare a gem of a statline—24 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 blocks, and 5 steals—in the Warriors’ win over the Celtics on Dec. 11. This is a 5×5 statline, which signifies when a player records at least five points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Such a feat has not been accomplished since Nicholas Batum in 2012, and then before that, Andrei Kirilenko in 2006. In honor of the 5×5’s re-emergence, we look at the five players most likely to accomplish the feat next.

Anthony Davis

2015 stats: 23.4 pts, 10.8 reb, 1.6 ast, 1.4 stl, 2.6 blk

It’s no secret that AD racks up the steals and blocks, and of course the points and rebounds are always there. The problematic stat is assists. Davis has only had 5 or more assists eight times in his career. Davis has also only had three games of 5 or more steals, though 4 steals have been a common occurrence. 

Kawhi Leonard

2015 stats:  20.7 pts, 7.6 reb, 2.7 ast, 2.0 stl, 1.1 blk

This is the most likely candidate for the next 5×5. Actually, Leonard just missed a 5×5 on Nov. 27 versus the Nuggets (25 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast, 4 stl, 5 blk), a game in which he sat out the fourth quarter. It seems safe to say that given a little more playing time, Kawhi will accomplish it the next time around.

Nerlens Noel

2015 stats: 10.3 pts, 8.0 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.5 stl, 1.0 blk

Everyone acknowledges that Noel is an up-and-coming block and steal monster; the question is if he can develop his passing. Noel is young, so he still has room to grow. The former Kentucky star has had 5 or more assists three times in his career so far.

Giannis Antetokounmpo 

2015 stats: 15.7 pts, 6.6 reb, 2.8 ast, 0.9 stl, 1.2 blk

The “Greek Freak” actually had the first triple double of his career in handing the Warriors their first loss of the season on Dec. 12, so a 5×5 could very well be next. Antetokounmpo will need to continue developing his steal and block game, though. He has achieved 5 steals just once in his career, and has never had 5 blocks—only 4 blocks on two occasions. The potential, however, is certainly there.

Lebron James

2015 stats: 26.4 pts, 7.7 reb, 6.4 ast, 1.4 stl, 0.7 blk

Given his well-rounded game, you’d think Lebron would have already achieved a 5×5. But the truth is, 5 blocks is a very difficult stat to obtain. Lebron has had 5 blocks three times in his career if we include the playoffs, but combined for just 4 steals in those three games. So all in all, the likelihood is not high for Lebron. But hey, you never know what kind of crazy stats a super-intense-playoff-game Lebron can pull.