Nate Archibald NBA Tiny
February 23, 2012 by staff
Nate Archibald NBA Tiny, Full Name: Nathaniel Archibald
Born: 9/2/48 in New York
College: Texas El-Paso
High School: DeWitt Clinton (Bronx, N.Y.)
Drafted by: Cincinnati Royals, 1970
Transactions: Traded to N.Y. Nets, 9/10/76; Traded to Buffalo, 9/1/77; Traded to Boston, 8/4/78; Signed with Milwaukee, 8/1/83. Nickname: Tiny
Height: 6-1; Weight: 160 lbs.
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1991); NBA champion (1981); All-NBA First Team (1973, ’75, ’76); All-NBA Second Team (1972, ’81); Six-time All-Star; All-Star Game MVP (1981); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
On his way to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald learned all about rising from desperate surroundings to extraordinary heights. It was an education that started early in life and served him well through a 14-year playing career that led him from the lowly Cincinnati Royals to an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics.
“Tiny” is the only player to lead the NBA in points and assists in the same season.
Before retiring at the end of the 1983-84 season, Archibald became the only player ever to lead the league in both scoring and assists in a season (34.0 ppg, 11.4 apg in 1972-73). At the time of his retirement, he also had 6,476 regular-season assists, which ranked ninth among the career leaders. He played in six All-Star Games. And in an era when the game threatened to become the exclusive domain of gargantuan players, the 6-1 Archibald proved that there would always be room for a speedy, smart and creative small man.
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