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Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (b. September 2, 1948, New York City) is a former American professional basketball player. He is 6' 1" (1.85 m). Archibald was a penetrator supreme, a pinpoint passer and an outside shooter with great range. His quickness and swooping passes made him difficult to guard in the open court, and he was a potent triple threat with his penetration, passing and shooting. He had a stellar 13-year career in the NBA, most notably with the Kansas City Kings and Boston Celtics.

Archibald first played basketball at DeWitt Clinton High School from 1963 to 1966. He was named team captain in 1966. He then went to college first to Arizona Western College and then transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where he had three great seasons there from 1967 to 1970.

Archibald was selected in the second round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals.

In 1973 Archibald led the NBA in scoring and assists, becoming the first and so far only player ever to win the titles in both categories in the same season (it should be noted, however, that in the 1967-68 season, Oscar Robertson led the NBA in both scoring average and assists per game but did not win the official titles because they were based on totals rather than averages at the time). His scoring average of 34.0 points per game was, at the time, an NBA record for a guard. His 910 assists that season (11.4 assists per game) was also an NBA record at the time, breaking Guy Rodgers' mark of 908. For his greatness, he was named the Sporting News NBA MVP that season.

Archibald won his first and only NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1980-81 season alongside young NBA star Larry Bird.

Archibald was an All-NBA First Team selection three times (1973, 1975, 1976) and an All-NBA Second Team selection two times (1972, 1981). A seven-time NBA All-Star Game selection (1973, 1974, 1975 , 1976, 1980, 1981, and 1982), he was named the 1981 All-Star Game MVP. Archibald led the NBA in free throws made three times and free throw attempts twice. He competed in 876 professional games, scored 16,841 points (18.8 points per game), and dished out 6,476 assists. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team. Nate Archibald was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Archibald is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.


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NBA Debut:

  • 1970 with Cincinnati Royals

Final Game: 1984 with Milwaukee Bucks

Years in League:

  • 1970-1984


Career Statistics

  • Points Per Game: 18.8
  • Rebounds Per Game: 2.3
  • Assists Per Game: 7.4

Career Highlights

  • All-Star Games: 7
  • NBA Championships: 1
  • Named To NBAs 50 Greatest Players List
  • 3 Time All-NBA First Team ('73,'75,'76)
  • 2 Time All-NBA Second Team ('72,'81)
  • 1981 All Star Game MVP
  • Hall of Fame Member

Nickname: "Tiny"

College: UTEP

Date of Birth: September 2, 1948

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

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