Swen Nater is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He has played in the NBA teams San Antonio Spurs, New York Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played in the American Basketball Association and was named an ABA All-Star in 1974 and again in 1975.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Swen Erick Nater was born on January 14, 1950 in Den Helder in the Netherlands. He stands 211 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 109 kg. His parents divorced when he was young and when his mother remarried, she, her husband, and his younger brother moved to the United States. This move left Nater and his sister in an orphanage. Three years later, they were reunited in the United States with the help of the TV Show “It Could Be You”.

For a short time, he took his stepfather’s last name. The two did not get along well, and his stepfather did not want Nater to play basketball.

Position Center
Height / weight 2.11 m / 109 kg
Born 14 Jan 1950
Nationality Netherlands Netherlands
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
Australian Udine 1984 - 1985
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 1983 - 1984
Buffalo Braves Buffalo Braves 1977 - 1983
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 1976 - 1977
New York Nets New York Nets 1975 - 1976
Virginia Squires Virginia Squires 1976
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 1973 - 1975
Virginia Squires Virginia Squires 1973

High School and College Career

He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. Later, he played collegiate basketball for Cypress College from 1968 and 1970. He moved to UCLA from 1971 to 1973. He helped his college team win the NCAA Championship in 1972 and again in 1973.

Professional Career

In 1973, Nater was drafted into the NBA by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 16th overall pick in the first round. Instead of playing in the NBA, he instead signed with the Virginia Squires in the American Basketball Association for a short while. In the same year, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs. He played with San Antonio from 1973 to 1976.

In 1976, he signed with the Squires again. From 1976 to 1977, he played for the Bucks, and from 1977 to 1983, for the then-Buffalo Braves. For the 1983-1984 season, he played with the Los Angeles Lakers, and from 1984 to 1985, he played in Australia for the Australian Udine in Italy.

Career Highlights

  • 1974, 1975 - ABA All-Star
  • 1974, 1975 - All-ABA Second Team
  • 1974 - ABA Rookie of the Year
  • 1974 - ABA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1980 - NBA rebounding leader
  • 1975 - ABA rebounding leader
  • 1972, 1973 - NCAA champion

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