Swen Nater

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Swen Nater
No. 31, 10, 35, 41
Center
Personal information
Born(1950-01-14) January 14, 1950 (age 64)
Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Listed height6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilson (Long Beach, California)
CollegeCypress JC (1968–1970)
UCLA (1971–1973)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro playing career1973–1985
Career history
1973Virginia Squires (ABA)
1973–1975San Antonio Spurs (ABA)
1975–1976New York Nets (ABA)
1976Virginia Squires (ABA)
1976–1977Milwaukee Bucks
19771983Buffalo Braves / San Diego Clippers
1983–1984Los Angeles Lakers
1984–1985Udinese (Italy)
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points8,980 (12.4 ppg)
Rebounds8,340 (11.6 rpg)
Assists1,235 (1.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Swen Nater
No. 31, 10, 35, 41
Center
Personal information
Born(1950-01-14) January 14, 1950 (age 64)
Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Listed height6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilson (Long Beach, California)
CollegeCypress JC (1968–1970)
UCLA (1971–1973)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro playing career1973–1985
Career history
1973Virginia Squires (ABA)
1973–1975San Antonio Spurs (ABA)
1975–1976New York Nets (ABA)
1976Virginia Squires (ABA)
1976–1977Milwaukee Bucks
19771983Buffalo Braves / San Diego Clippers
1983–1984Los Angeles Lakers
1984–1985Udinese (Italy)
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points8,980 (12.4 ppg)
Rebounds8,340 (11.6 rpg)
Assists1,235 (1.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Swen Eric Nater (born January 14, 1950) is a retired Dutch professional basketball player, primarily in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the only player to have led both the NBA and ABA in rebounding. Nater was a two-time ABA All-Star and was the 1974 ABA Rookie of the Year. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, winning two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles.

Basketball career[edit]

Nater helped John Wooden's UCLA Bruins win two NCAA titles. He was a backup to Bill Walton, and he never started a collegiate game.[1][2]

Nater was drafted by The Floridians in the 1972 ABA Draft, and then by the Virginia Squires in the June 1972 ABA dispersal draft after the Floridians' demise.[3][4] Nater was also drafted in the first round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks but in August 1973 opted to sign with the Virginia Squires of the ABA.[4] On November 21, 1973 the Squires traded Nater to the San Antonio Spurs for a draft pick and $300,000.[4]

With the Spurs Nater was the American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1974,[2] led the ABA in field goal percentage in 1974, and led the ABA in rebounding in 1975. He was named to the All-ABA Second Team in 1974 and 1975, and participated in the ABA All-Star Game both seasons.[3] During his three seasons in the ABA, Nater played for the San Antonio Spurs, the Virginia Squires, and the New York Nets.

Nater's NBA career began with the Milwaukee Bucks, and he was traded after one season to the Buffalo Braves. When the Braves played in San Diego, Nater became a local favorite. Nater led the NBA in rebounding average during the 1979-80 season, making him the only player ever to lead both the NBA and ABA in rebounding.[2]

Before the 1983-84 season, Nater was traded by the Clippers along with a just-drafted Byron Scott to the Los Angeles Lakers for Norm Nixon, Eddie Jordan, and a 1986 second-round draft pick (which would eventually be dealt to the Phoenix Suns and become Jeff Hornacek). Nater and Scott helped lead the Lakers to the NBA Finals that year, after which Nater retired as a player.

After NBA[edit]

He built the basketball program Christian Heritage College in San Diego, California, and coached from 1985 to 1995.[5] He left the position because it "was high on work and low on pay" for employment at Costco.[5] As of 2010 he was still working there.[1] Nater has also co-authored books with legendary basketball coaches Wooden and Pete Newell.

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