Warriors legend, Hall of NBA 2K17 Coins

OAKLAND, Calif. — Nate Thurmond, voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in 

NBA 2K17 Coins history and a member of the Warriors organization for more than four 

decades as both a player and a Community Relations Ambassador, passed away 

this morning in San Francisco at the age of 74 after a short battle with 


Considered one of the best centers to ever play the game of basketball, 

Thurmond was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 

in 1985. A seven-time NBA All-Star, he earned NBA All-Defensive First or 

Second Team accolades five times. His Warriors jersey #42 was retired on 

March 8, 1978, one of six players to have his number retired by the 

Warriors along with Alvin Attles (#16), Rick Barry (#24), Wilt Chamberlain 

(#13), Tom Meschery (#14) and Chris Mullin (#17).

Over a 14 year NBA career -- the first 11 of which were played with the 

San Francisco and Golden State Warriors -- Thurmond held averages of 15.0 

points and 15.0 rebounds per game, including averaging 20.5 points and 

22.0 rebounds during the 1967-68 campaign to join Wilt Chamberlain as the 

only Warriors to post at least 20 points and 20 boards in a single season. 

"Big Nate," who was selected third overall by the San Francisco Warriors 

in the 1963 NBA Draft following his collegiate career at Bowling Green, 

remains the franchise's all-time leader in rebounds (12,771) and minutes 

played (30,735). Thurmond became the first player to record an official 

quadruple-double as a member of the Chicago Bulls, tallying 22 points, 14 

rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks against the Atlanta Hawks on October 

18, 1974 (see attached for the box score provided by the Elias Sports 

Bureau). Following his illustrious playing career, Thurmond spent more 

than 30 years as a valued asset to the Warriors' community relations department.

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