Nate Thurmond, the Golden State Warrior legend has died of leukemia in San Francisco just shy of his 75th birthday.
Thurmond played for the Warriors from 1963-1974 where he was a 7-time All-Star and 2-time All-Defensive First Team and led the team to two NBA Finals.
In 1965, he grabbed 42 rebounds in a game; only Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell recorded more rebounds in an NBA game. He averaged 21.3 and 22.0 rebounds per game in 1967 and 1968 respectively, one of only five players in NBA history to average at least 20 rebounds per game. Thurmond still holds the regular season record for rebounds in a quarter with 18.
The Warriors traded him to the Chicago Bulls in 1975, where he recorded the league’s first quadruple-double in his debut (22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocked shots in 45 minutes).
Thurmond, who like LeBron James was a native of Akron, played his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers where he led the team to its first playoff victory in the “Miracle of Richfield”.
Upon retirement, both the Warriors and the Cavaliers retired his number “42” and he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He is 10th all-time in the NBA in career rebounds.