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Nate Archibald

1X
NBA Champion
6X
NBA All-Star
1X
NBA All-Star Game MVP
5X
All-NBA
1X
NBA Scoring Champion

Things to Know


Formidable opponent with fierce tenacity.

Although he stood just 6-foot-1, Nate Archibald was a dominant scorer and playmaker during the 1970s. He became the first player to lead the NBA in both scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4 apg) when he did so playing for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the 1972-73 season.

Although his legal name is Nathaniel Archibald, he's best known by his nickname -- "Tiny" -- which is after his dad, "Big Tiny."

Once cut from his high school team as a sophomore, Archibald was a standout preps star at DeWitt Clinton High School and later starred at UTEP in college. He selected by the then-Cincinnati Royals as a second-round pick in a 1970 Draft that featured fellow future Hall of Famers Bob Lanier, Rudy Tomjanovich, Pete Maravich, Dave Cowens and Calvin Murphy.

Career
From 1971-72 to 1981-82, Archibald became a standout player, averaging 20.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 8.0 apg and 1.2 spg while making six All-Star appearances. He was at his best from 1971-76, posting 27.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 8.7 apg and 1.5 spg despite the Kings struggling to find success as a team during that span.

Archibald was dealt to the New York Nets before the 1976-77 season, the team's only NBA season on Long Island, and suffered a severe foot injury that ended his run after 34 games. Traded again in the offseason, Archibald was dealt to the Buffalo Braves (now the LA Clippers) but tore his Achilles before that season. Without ever having suited up, he was traded one more time, this time landing in Boston for the 1978-79 season.

Having recovered and readjusted his game by the 1980-81 season, Archibald led the Celtics to a 62-20 record. He ranked fifth in the league in assists (7.7 per game), was named All-Star Game MVP and earned a spot on the All-NBA Second Team. Boston collected its first title since 1976 behind Archibald and a young phenom -- and future Hall of Famer -- named Larry Bird.

Archibald retired in 1984, finishing his career with 16,481 points and 6,476 assists. He entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and, in 1996, was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

Since his playing days have ended, Archibald has spent time going back to college, coaching and running a basketball school for underprivileged kids. He also worked in the NBA’s community relations department.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Nate Archibald

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Nate Archibald

Video of Tiny Archibald career

Best Point Guards: Tiny Archibald

Stats


18.8
PPG
2.3
RPG
7.4
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1983-84MIL354622.67.43.06.148.70.10.422.21.42.263.40.31.31.73.50.70.01.71.7
1982-83BOS346627.410.53.68.442.50.10.420.83.34.574.30.41.01.46.20.60.12.51.7
1981-82BOS336831.912.64.59.647.20.10.237.53.54.674.70.41.31.78.00.80.02.61.9
1980-81BOS328035.313.84.89.649.90.00.10.04.35.281.60.51.82.27.70.90.23.32.5
1979-80BOS318035.814.14.89.948.20.10.222.24.55.483.00.71.72.58.41.30.13.02.7
1978-79BOS306924.111.03.88.345.2---3.54.478.80.41.11.54.70.80.12.91.9
1976-77NYN283437.620.57.416.544.6---5.87.478.50.61.72.47.51.70.3-2.3
1975-76KCK277840.824.89.220.345.3---6.48.080.20.91.92.77.91.60.2-2.2
1974-75KCK268239.626.59.320.345.6---8.09.187.20.62.12.76.81.50.1-2.3
1973-74KCK253536.317.66.314.145.1---4.96.082.00.61.82.47.61.60.2-2.2
1972-73KCK248046.034.012.926.348.8---8.39.884.7--2.811.4---2.6
1971-72CIN237643.128.29.719.948.6---8.910.882.2--2.99.2---2.6
1970-71CIN228235.016.05.913.444.4---4.15.475.7--3.05.5---2.7
Overall87635.618.86.714.446.70.0--5.36.681.00.51.62.37.41.10.12.72.3
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.