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Nate Thurmond
Nate Thurmond
Personal information
Born Nathaniel Thurmond
July 25, 1941
Akron, Ohio
Died July 16, 2016 (aged 74)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 225 lbs (102 kg)
Career information
High school Central
(Akron, Ohio)
College Bowling Green (1960–1963)
NBA Draft 1963 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the San Francisco Warriors
Playing career 1963–1977 (14 years)
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
1963–1974 San Francisco Warriors
1974–1976 Chicago Bulls
1976–1977 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
  • 7× NBA All-Star (1965–1968, 1970, 1973–1974)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969, 1971)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1972–1974)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1964)
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • No. 42 retired by the Golden State Warriors
  • No. 42 retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1963)
  • 3× First-team All-MAC (1961–1963)
Career NBA statistics

Points 14,437 (15.0 ppg)
Rebounds 14,464 (15.0 rpg)
Assists 2,575 (2.7 apg)


Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond (born July 25, 1941 – July 16, 2016) was an American basketball player. Dominant at both center and power forward, he was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record an official quadruple-double. He is also only one of three players, along with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, to grab more than 40 rebounds in one NBA game.

Thurmond remains one of the greatest rebounders and shot blockers ever, named both a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Known to fans as "Nate the Great",[1] Thurmond has had his #42 jersey retired by both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers franchises.[2]

Career

He played in high school with another future NBA star, Gus Johnson, at Akron Central. Their powerful team went undefeated before losing to Middletown, led by Jerry Lucas, in the Ohio state high school playoffs. Passing on a scholarship offer to Ohio State, to avoid becoming Lucas's backup there, the 6'11" Thurmond chose Bowling Green. He was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 1963, and was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors later that year.

With the Warriors, Thurmond was an aggressive rebounder-defender who played at the forward position opposite superstar Wilt Chamberlain or was his backup at center. Despite playing on the same team as the dominant Chamberlain, Thurmond made an impact and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1964.

When Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Thurmond became the All-Star starting center Chamberlain said he could be. Among his many accomplishments, Thurmond still holds the regular season record for rebounds in a quarter with 18. He averaged 21.3 and 22.0 rebounds per game in the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons — season averages exceeded by only Bill Russell and Chamberlain in NBA history. Thurmond placed second to Chamberlain in the MVP balloting in the 1966-67 season, and averaged over 20 points per game each season from 1967-68 through 1971-72, and played in seven NBA All-Star Games while with the Warriors. However, while star players like Rick Barry and Jerry Lucas came and went, the Warriors were unable to win a championship with Thurmond at center, often failing to get past the star studded Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Division playoffs. Thurmond was an excellent passing center and was well known as the best screen setter in the league for many years.

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He was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Clifford Ray prior to the 1974-75 season. On October 18, 1974 against the Atlanta Hawks, in his debut as a Bull, he recorded 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots, becoming the first player in NBA history to officially record a quadruple-double (blocked shots were not counted before Template:Nbay).[3] He was then traded to Cleveland Cavaliers 13 games into the following season. In Cleveland, the now 35-year-old Thurmond came off the bench for the injured Jim Chones to lead Cleveland to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals before the Cavaliers lost to the star-studded Boston Celtics in 1976.

After retirement, Thurmond returned to San Francisco and opened a restaurant, Big Nate's BBQ, after a brief attempt at broadcasting. He sold the restaurant after 20 years, and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Marci.[4] He has been given the title "Warriors Legend & Ambassador" by the Warriors organization.[4]

NBA statistics

Career highs

Regular season

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 43 at Detroit Pistons Template:Dts/out2
Points 42 at Detroit Pistons Template:Dts/out2
Field goal percentage
Field goals made 18 at Detroit Pistons Template:Dts/out2
Field goal attempts 34
Free throws made, none missed 13—13 vs. San Diego Rockets Template:Dts/out2
Free throws made, one missed 15—16 at Milwaukee Bucks Template:Dts/out2
Free throws made 16 at Seattle SuperSonics Template:Dts/out2
Free throw attempts 22 at Philadelphia 76ers Template:Dts/out2
Free throw attempts 22 vs. Boston Celtics Template:Dts/out2
Rebounds 42 vs. Detroit Pistons Template:Dts/out2
Rebounds 37 vs. Baltimore Bullets Template:Dts/out2
Rebounds 37 vs. Los Angeles Lakers Template:Dts/out2
Rebounds, half 24 vs. Los Angeles Lakers Template:Dts/out2
Rebounds, quarter 18 at Baltimore Bullets Template:Dts/out2
Assists 13
Blocked shots 12 vs. Atlanta Hawks Template:Dts/out2
Blocked shots 8 vs. Portland Trail Blazers Template:Dts/out2
Minutes played 63 Template:Small vs. Los Angeles Lakers Template:Dts/out2

Playoffs

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 32 at Milwaukee Bucks Template:Dts/out2
Field goal percentage
Field goals made 13
Field goal attempts 29
Free throw attempts, none made 0—3 at Los Angeles Lakers Template:Dts/out2
Free throws made 9 vs. Boston Celtics Template:Dts/out2
Free throw attempts 11 four times
Rebounds 31 at Philadelphia 76ers Template:Dts/out2
Assists 9
Blocked shots 6 vs. Boston Celtics Template:Dts/out2

NBA records

Regular season

First player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double in a game: Chicago Bulls (120) vs. Atlanta Hawks (115), Template:Dts/out2 (OT)

One of five players in NBA history to average at least 15 rebounds per game for his career: 15.0 (14,464/964)

One of five players in NBA history to average at least 20 rebounds per game during a season: 21.3 (Template:Nbay), 22.0 (Template:Nbay)

[[List of National Basketball Association players with most rebounds in a game|One of four players in NBA history to record 40 or more rebounds in a game: 42, vs. Detroit Pistons, Template:Dts/out2]]

Rebounds, quarter: 18, at Baltimore Bullets, Template:Dts/out2

Playoffs

Recording 20 or more rebounds in all games of a playoff series: 6 games, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 1967 NBA Finals

  • Wilt Chamberlain achieved this for the opposing team, Philadelphia 76ers, in the same series.

NBA Finals

Recording 20 or more rebounds in all games of a championship series: 6 games, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 1967 NBA Finals

See also

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NAME Thurmond, Nate
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH July 25, 1941
PLACE OF BIRTH Akron, Ohio
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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