A genial giant of a man, Nate Thurmond was one of the all-time great NBA centers, with a rugged, in-your-face style of play that frequently intimidated even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. The Hall of Famer played 14 professional seasons in the 1960s and 1970s, posting career averages of 15.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. Among the all-time NBA leaders in rebounding, Thurmond was selected to play in seven NBA All-Star Games and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team five times. more...
Full Name: Nathaniel Thurmond Born: 7/25/41 in Akron, Ohio High School: Central Hower (Akron, Ohio) College: Bowling Green State Drafted by: San Francisco Warriors, 1963 (third overall) Transactions: Traded to Chicago Bulls, 9/3/74; Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers, 11/27/75.
Height: 6-11 Weight: 235 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1985); NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969, '71); NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1972, '73, '74); NBA All-Rookie Team (1964); Seven-time NBA All-Star (1965-'68, '70, '73, '74); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).