Nate "Tiny" Archibald


PG | 6-foot-1 | New York, N.Y.| University of Texas, El Paso | #1

KEY FACTS:
Drafted 19th overall (2nd round)
Only NBA player to lead League in scoring and assists in same season
CAREER STATS:
PPG: 18.8
RPG: 2.3
APG: 7.4

When the Rochester Royals selected Nate Archibald in the 1970 NBA Draft, it seemed destiny had a plan for the former Harlem standout. Heading to Rochester meant the young point guard would be paired with Coach Bob Cousy – a legendary point guard during his own playing days with the Boston Celtics.

The coach and former Celtics star, who at the time held the record for most assists in a game (28), instilled in Archibald a team-first mentality that was easily recognizable on the court. In 13 seasons in the League, Archibald averaged more than seven assists per game and over 11 per contest in one season.

Yet, Archibald’s exploits on the court were not limited to his ability to pass the ball. Slashing through the lane, “Tiny” also earned the nickname “Nate the Skate” for his ability to penetrate. With a career average of more than 18 points per game, Archibald proved his dual offensive potency when he became the first and only player in NBA history to lead the League in scoring and assists. During the 1972-73 season, at the age of 24, he cemented his legacy by averaging 34 points and 11.4 assists per contest.

Despite his significant output, Rochester traded Archibald to the N.Y. Nets in 1976. After a brief stint in the Big Apple, he joined the Boston Celtics.

In 1981, Archibald won his first NBA title – playing alongside the likes of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. By the culmination of his career, he had left a giant impression on the League. A six-time All-Star, All-Star Game MVP and NBA Champion, Archibald stands as one of the best point guards to have played the game, and his No. 1 jersey hangs in the rafters of Sleep Train Arena.


CAREER SEASON AVERAGES
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
1970-71 Cincinnati 82 82 35.0 .444 .000 .757 0.0 0.0 3.0 5.5 0.0 0.0 0.00 2.70 16.0
1971-72 Cincinnati 76 71 43.1 .486 .000 .822 0.0 0.0 2.9 9.2 0.0 0.0 0.00 2.60 28.2
1972-73 Kansas City-Omaha 80 80 46.0 .488 .000 .847 0.0 0.0 2.8 11.4 0.0 0.0 0.00 2.60 34.0
1973-74 Kansas City-Omaha 35 31 36.3 .451 .000 .820 0.6 1.8 2.4 7.6 1.6 0.2 0.00 2.20 17.6
1974-75 Kansas City-Omaha 82 82 39.6 .456 .000 .872 0.6 2.1 2.7 6.8 1.4 0.1 0.00 2.30 26.5
1975-76 Kansas City 78 77 40.8 .453 .000 .802 0.9 1.9 2.7 7.9 1.6 0.2 0.00 2.20 24.8
1976-77 New York Nets 34 34 37.6 .446 .000 .785 0.6 1.7 2.4 7.5 1.7 0.3 0.00 2.30 20.5
1978-79 Boston 69 34 24.1 .452 .000 .788 0.4 1.1 1.5 4.7 0.8 0.1 2.86 1.90 11.0
1979-80 Boston 80 80 35.8 .482 .222 .830 0.7 1.7 2.5 8.4 1.3 0.1 3.03 2.70 14.1
1980-81 Boston 80 72 35.3 .499 .000 .816 0.5 1.8 2.2 7.7 0.9 0.2 3.31 2.50 13.8
1981-82 Boston 68 51 31.9 .472 .375 .747 0.4 1.3 1.7 8.0 0.8 0.0 2.62 1.90 12.6
1982-83 Boston 66 18 27.4 .425 .208 .743 0.4 1.0 1.4 6.2 0.6 0.1 2.47 1.70 10.5
1983-84 Milwaukee 46 46 22.6 .487 .222 .634 0.3 1.3 1.7 3.5 0.7 0.0 1.70 1.70 7.4
Career 876 758 35.6 .467 .224 .810 0.5 1.6 2.3 7.4 1.1 0.1 1.28 2.30 18.8
All-Star 6 4 27.0 .450 .000 .833 1.0 2.4 3.0 6.7 2.2 0.2 2.00 1.70 12.3

CAREER SEASON TOTALS
Year Team G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
1970-71 Cincinnati 82 82 2,867 486-1,095 0-0 336-444 0 0 242 450 0 0 0 218 1,308
1971-72 Cincinnati 76 71 3,272 734-1,511 0-0 677-824 0 0 222 701 0 0 0 198 2,145
1972-73 Kansas City-Omaha 80 80 3,681 1,028-2,106 0-0 663-783 0 0 223 910 0 0 0 207 2,719
1973-74 Kansas City-Omaha 35 31 1,272 222-492 0-0 173-211 21 64 85 266 56 7 0 76 617
1974-75 Kansas City-Omaha 82 82 3,244 759-1,664 0-0 652-748 48 174 222 557 119 7 0 187 2,170
1975-76 Kansas City 78 77 3,184 717-1,583 0-0 501-625 67 146 213 615 126 15 0 169 1,935
1976-77 New York Nets 34 34 1,277 250-560 0-0 197-251 22 58 80 254 59 11 0 77 697
1978-79 Boston 69 34 1,662 259-573 0-0 242-307 25 78 103 324 55 6 197 132 760
1979-80 Boston 80 80 2,864 383-794 4-18 361-435 59 138 197 671 106 10 242 218 1,131
1980-81 Boston 80 72 2,820 382-766 0-9 342-419 36 140 176 618 75 18 265 201 1,106
1981-82 Boston 68 51 2,167 308-652 6-16 236-316 25 91 116 541 52 3 178 131 858
1982-83 Boston 66 18 1,811 235-553 5-24 220-296 25 66 91 409 38 4 163 110 695
1983-84 Milwaukee 46 46 1,038 136-279 4-18 64-101 16 60 76 160 33 0 78 78 340
Career 876 758 31,159 5,899-12,628 19-85 4,664-5,760 344 1,015 2,046 6,476 719 81 1,123 2,002 16,481
All-Star 6 4 162 27-60 0-0 20-24 5 12 18 40 11 1 6 10 74