|No. 31, 10, 35, 41
January 14, 1950 |
Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands
||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
||240 lb (109 kg)
||Wilson (Long Beach, California)
||Cypress JC (1968–1970)
||1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
|Pro playing career
||Virginia Squires (ABA)
||San Antonio Spurs (ABA)
||New York Nets (ABA)
||Virginia Squires (ABA)
||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
||Buffalo Braves / San Diego Clippers (NBA)
||Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
|Career highlights and awards
|Career ABA and NBA statistics
||8,980 (12.4 ppg)
||8,340 (11.6 rpg)
||1,235 (1.7 apg)
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Swen Eric Nater (born January 14, 1950 in Den Helder, Netherlands) 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.
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.
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. 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. On November 21, 1973 the Squires traded Nater to the San Antonio Spurs for a draft pick and $300,000.
With the Spurs Nater was the American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1974, 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. 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.
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.
He built the basketball program Christian Heritage College in San Diego, California, and coached from 1985 to 1995. He left the position because it "was high on work and low on pay" for employment at Costco. As of 2010 he was still working there. Nater has also co-authored books with legendary basketball coaches Wooden and Pete Newell.
- Wooden, John; Nater, Swen (2006). John Wooden's UCLA Offense. Human Kinetics. ISBN 9780736061803.
- Newell, Pete; Nater, Swen (2007). Pete Newell's Playing Big. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN 9780736068093.
- ^ a b Dan Raley, Where Are They Now?, Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 9, 2008
- ^ a b c Hartman, Steve; Smith, Matt (2009). The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists. Running Press. p. 200. ISBN 9780786748877. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- ^ a b BasketballReference.com Swen Nater page
- ^ a b c RememberTheABA.com Virginia Squires detailed year by year notes page
- ^ a b Broussard, Chris (January 11, 2004). "THEN AND NOW -- Swen Nater; Big Man Loved the Game, Then Learned to Play It". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-08.