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Basketball great, Nate "Tiny" Archibald was born on September 2, 1948 in New York City. Nate Archibald spent 13 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Kansas City Kings and Boston Celtics.
Nate Archibald was a willing passer and an adequate shooter from midrange. However, it was his blinding quickness and incredible speed and shiftiness that made him extremely difficult to guard in the open court, as he would regularly drive right past helpless defenders on his way to the hoop. Once in the paint, Archibald was a veritable triple threat to either pass, lay the ball in or shoot for two points.
Nate Archibald was selected in the second round of the 1970 NBA Draft (16th pick) 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. He was named the Sporting News NBA MVP that season.
The Kings traded Archibald to the New York Nets in 1976. Injured for much of the 1976-77 season, he was traded by the Nets to the Buffalo Braves prior to the start of the 1977-78 season. Archibald tore his achilles tendon, however, and never played a regular season game for the Braves. The Braves then traded him to the Boston Celtics before the start of the next season.
Nate Archibald won his first and only NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1980-81 season alongside young NBA star Larry Bird.
Nate Archibald was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team. Nate Archibald was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Nate Archibald is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.