In the early part of the 1970’s, Nate “Tiny” Archibald was one of the most statically dominant players in the NBA. His time with the Cincinnati Royals and Kansas City-Omaha Kings created the prototype for point guards moving forward. He was quick, athletic, and could make plays in the mid-range. He remains the only player in the history of the NBA to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season (’72-’73). But then Tiny tore his achilles, gained weight, and was traded to the Boston Celtics 36 years ago today.
After some early struggles in Boston he put it back together and helped lead the team to the ’80-’81 title (Larry Bird’s 2nd season). In his five years as a Celtics, Tiny averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 assists to go along with 3 All-Star appearances and one All-NBA 2nd team appearance.
The trade that sent Archibald to Boston also gave the Celtics a 2nd round pick that they would later use on Danny Ainge.
Here’s a cool highlight video of Tiny from NBA TV.