Nate Huffman

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Nate Huffman
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Huffman in 2014.
Personal information
Born (1975-04-02)April 2, 1975
Battle Creek, Michigan
Died October 15, 2015(2015-10-15) (aged 40)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Lakeview (Battle Creek, Michigan)
College Lansing CC (1993–1995)
Central Michigan (1995–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–2003
Position Center
Number 14, 7
Career history
1997–1998 Idaho Stampede
1998–1999 Fuenlabrada
1999–2002 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2002–2003 Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards

Nathaniel Thomas "Nate" Huffman (April 2, 1975 – October 15, 2015) was an American professional basketball player, who played most of his career with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

High school and college career[edit]

Huffman played for Lakeview High School and then for Lansing Community College (where in '94–'95 he averaged 29.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 6 blocks per game while shooting 66.8% from the field, and was named to the JUCO All America team). He then played for Central Michigan University from 1995 until 1997 (where in '96–'97 he averaged 17.2 points, 11 rebounds (leading the Mid-America Conference in rebounding), and 1.8 blocks per game, and was named to the MAC Conference 1st team).

Professional career[edit]

After college, Huffman signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers, but did not make the team. In the 1997–98 season, he played for the Idaho Stampede of the CBA.[1] He was second in the league in blocked shots per game (1.8), 6th in field goal percentage (.553), 8th in rebounds per game (7.6), and 10th in free throw percentage (.801).

He then moved to Europe, and played for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of the Spanish ACB League.

In the 1999–00 season, he was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv. During his time in Israel, he won three Israeli Premier League championships and Israeli State Cups, and one European FIBA SuproLeague title (2001; when he averaged 17.9 points and 9 rebounds, while playing 30 minutes per game, as the team was 21–3). He was named the MVP of the Israeli Premiere League, and the FIBA SuproLeague MVP, as well as the "Best American Player in Europe", by Basket News, in 2001.[2]

After his successes in Israel, he was signed in July 2002, by the Toronto Raptors of the NBA to a 3-year, $5.2 million contract (the third year being a team option), and appeared in 7 games, averaging 3.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 10.9 minutes.[3] Shortly after, Huffman was released by Toronto which terminated his contract in January 2003, because team management charged that he hid a knee injury from them when he signed the contract. Huffman responded by suing them in 2003. In February 2004 an arbitrator ruled that the Raptors were responsible for Huffman’s contract.[4]

Later life and death[edit]

After his basketball career, he decided to fund a basketball camp for children in 2005, with retired Romanian-Israeli basketball player Constantin Popa. Huffman was awarded in 2010, by the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, with the Book of Life Award.

On September 29, 2015, Huffman announced that he had Stage 4 bladder cancer, and his "condition is terminal".[5] He died on October 15, 2015.[6]

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