ProHoopsHistory HOF: Nate Thurmond

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One of the all-time great centers, Nate Thurmond never made an All-NBA Team. That tends to happen when you play in the same era as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Walt Bellamy, and then in the same era as Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and  Elvin Hayes. Thurmond was always great but just a smidgen below the best centers of the era.

But that All-NBA designation was only given to two centers every year during Thurmond’s career. Not being one of the two best centers is nothing to sneeze given the talent mentioned above. Nonetheless, the man made seven All-Star Teams in his career and when All-Defensive Teams were debuted in 1969, Thurmond found himself a regular fixture. From that point until he retired in 1977, Thurmond was a five-time selection to those squads.

Defense, rebounding, and shot-blocking were the best attributes Thurmond brought to the table for the San Francisco…

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