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Nathaniel Clifton

Nathaniel Clifton (Sweetwater, Nat, Sweets)

Position: Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-6 ▪ Weight: 220 lbs.
Born: October 13, 1922 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: August 31, 1990
High School: DuSable in Chicago, Illinois
College: Xavier University of Louisiana
NBA Debut: November 4, 1950
Hall of Fame: Inducted as Contributor in 2014 (Full List)

Other SR Links: Minors at Baseball-Reference.com

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 65 211 656 .322 211 656 .322 140 263 .532 491 162 269 562
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 62 2101 244 729 .335 244 729 .335 170 256 .664 731 209 227 658
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 70 2496 272 794 .343 272 794 .343 200 343 .583 761 231 274 744
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 72 2179 257 699 .368 257 699 .368 174 277 .628 528 176 215 688
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 72 2390 360 932 .386 360 932 .386 224 328 .683 612 198 221 944
1955-56 33 NYK NBA PF 64 1537 213 541 .394 213 541 .394 135 191 .707 386 151 189 561
1956-57 ★ 34 NYK NBA PF 71 2231 308 818 .377 308 818 .377 146 217 .673 557 164 243 762
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 68 1435 217 597 .363 217 597 .363 91 146 .623 403 76 202 525
Career NBA 544 14369 2082 5766 .361 2082 5766 .361 1280 2021 .633 4469 1367 1840 5444
7 seasons NYK NBA 476 12934 1865 5169 .361 1865 5169 .361 1189 1875 .634 4066 1291 1638 4919
1 season DET NBA 68 1435 217 597 .363 217 597 .363 91 146 .623 403 76 202 525

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 65 3.2 10.1 .322 3.2 10.1 .322 2.2 4.0 .532 7.6 2.5 4.1 8.6
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 62 33.9 3.9 11.8 .335 3.9 11.8 .335 2.7 4.1 .664 11.8 3.4 3.7 10.6
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 70 35.7 3.9 11.3 .343 3.9 11.3 .343 2.9 4.9 .583 10.9 3.3 3.9 10.6
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 72 30.3 3.6 9.7 .368 3.6 9.7 .368 2.4 3.8 .628 7.3 2.4 3.0 9.6
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 72 33.2 5.0 12.9 .386 5.0 12.9 .386 3.1 4.6 .683 8.5 2.8 3.1 13.1
1955-56 33 NYK NBA PF 64 24.0 3.3 8.5 .394 3.3 8.5 .394 2.1 3.0 .707 6.0 2.4 3.0 8.8
1956-57 ★ 34 NYK NBA PF 71 31.4 4.3 11.5 .377 4.3 11.5 .377 2.1 3.1 .673 7.8 2.3 3.4 10.7
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 68 21.1 3.2 8.8 .363 3.2 8.8 .363 1.3 2.1 .623 5.9 1.1 3.0 7.7
Career NBA 544 30.0 3.8 10.6 .361 3.8 10.6 .361 2.4 3.7 .633 8.2 2.5 3.4 10.0
7 seasons NYK NBA 476 31.5 3.9 10.9 .361 3.9 10.9 .361 2.5 3.9 .634 8.5 2.7 3.4 10.3
1 season DET NBA 68 21.1 3.2 8.8 .363 3.2 8.8 .363 1.3 2.1 .623 5.9 1.1 3.0 7.7

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 65 .322 .322 .532
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 62 2101 4.2 12.5 .335 4.2 12.5 .335 2.9 4.4 .664 12.5 3.6 3.9 11.3
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 70 2496 3.9 11.5 .343 3.9 11.5 .343 2.9 4.9 .583 11.0 3.3 4.0 10.7
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 72 2179 4.2 11.5 .368 4.2 11.5 .368 2.9 4.6 .628 8.7 2.9 3.6 11.4
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 72 2390 5.4 14.0 .386 5.4 14.0 .386 3.4 4.9 .683 9.2 3.0 3.3 14.2
1955-56 33 NYK NBA PF 64 1537 5.0 12.7 .394 5.0 12.7 .394 3.2 4.5 .707 9.0 3.5 4.4 13.1
1956-57 ★ 34 NYK NBA PF 71 2231 5.0 13.2 .377 5.0 13.2 .377 2.4 3.5 .673 9.0 2.6 3.9 12.3
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 68 1435 5.4 15.0 .363 5.4 15.0 .363 2.3 3.7 .623 10.1 1.9 5.1 13.2
Career NBA 544 14369 4.7 12.8 .361 5.2 14.4 .361 2.9 4.4 .633 10.0 3.0 3.9 12.2
7 seasons NYK NBA 476 12934 4.6 12.6 .361 5.2 14.4 .361 2.9 4.5 .634 10.0 3.1 3.8 12.1
1 season DET NBA 68 1435 5.4 15.0 .363 5.4 15.0 .363 2.3 3.7 .623 10.1 1.9 5.1 13.2

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 65 .364 .322 .401 -1.7 1.2 -0.4
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 62 2101 16.4 .391 .335 .351 -0.7 2.3 1.6 .036
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 70 2496 15.4 .394 .343 .432 -1.1 4.4 3.3 .064
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 72 2179 14.8 .419 .368 .396 0.7 1.7 2.4 .054
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 72 2390 15.0 .439 .386 .352 1.3 2.4 3.7 .074
1955-56 33 NYK NBA PF 64 1537 13.9 .449 .394 .353 1.1 1.0 2.1 .067
1956-57 ★ 34 NYK NBA PF 71 2231 12.1 .417 .377 .265 0.2 1.6 1.8 .040
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 68 1435 10.4 .397 .363 .245 -0.7 1.2 0.5 .017
Career NBA 544 14369 14.2 .409 .361 .351 -0.8 15.9 15.0 .052
7 seasons NYK NBA 476 12934 14.6 .410 .361 .363 -0.1 14.7 14.5 .056
1 season DET NBA 68 1435 10.4 .397 .363 .245 -0.7 1.2 0.5 .017

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 14 41 118 .347 41 118 .347 18 46 .391 137 46 62 100
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 14 462 39 133 .293 39 133 .293 54 76 .711 133 34 67 132
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 11 405 51 129 .395 51 129 .395 30 47 .638 140 39 48 132
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 4 125 8 27 .296 8 27 .296 9 17 .529 39 6 15 25
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 3 110 20 52 .385 20 52 .385 19 24 .792 23 13 12 59
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 7 74 11 30 .367 11 30 .367 6 8 .750 23 4 11 28
Career NBA 53 1176 170 489 .348 170 489 .348 136 218 .624 495 142 215 476
5 seasons NYK NBA 46 1102 159 459 .346 159 459 .346 130 210 .619 472 138 204 448
1 season DET NBA 7 74 11 30 .367 11 30 .367 6 8 .750 23 4 11 28

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 14 2.9 8.4 .347 2.9 8.4 .347 1.3 3.3 .391 9.8 3.3 4.4 7.1
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 14 33.0 2.8 9.5 .293 2.8 9.5 .293 3.9 5.4 .711 9.5 2.4 4.8 9.4
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 11 36.8 4.6 11.7 .395 4.6 11.7 .395 2.7 4.3 .638 12.7 3.5 4.4 12.0
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 4 31.3 2.0 6.8 .296 2.0 6.8 .296 2.3 4.3 .529 9.8 1.5 3.8 6.3
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 3 36.7 6.7 17.3 .385 6.7 17.3 .385 6.3 8.0 .792 7.7 4.3 4.0 19.7
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 7 10.6 1.6 4.3 .367 1.6 4.3 .367 0.9 1.1 .750 3.3 0.6 1.6 4.0
Career NBA 53 30.2 3.2 9.2 .348 3.2 9.2 .348 2.6 4.1 .624 9.3 2.7 4.1 9.0
5 seasons NYK NBA 46 34.4 3.5 10.0 .346 3.5 10.0 .346 2.8 4.6 .619 10.3 3.0 4.4 9.7
1 season DET NBA 7 10.6 1.6 4.3 .367 1.6 4.3 .367 0.9 1.1 .750 3.3 0.6 1.6 4.0

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 14 .347 .347 .391
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 14 462 3.0 10.4 .293 3.0 10.4 .293 4.2 5.9 .711 10.4 2.6 5.2 10.3
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 11 405 4.5 11.5 .395 4.5 11.5 .395 2.7 4.2 .638 12.4 3.5 4.3 11.7
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 4 125 2.3 7.8 .296 2.3 7.8 .296 2.6 4.9 .529 11.2 1.7 4.3 7.2
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 3 110 6.5 17.0 .385 6.5 17.0 .385 6.2 7.9 .792 7.5 4.3 3.9 19.3
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 7 74 5.4 14.6 .367 5.4 14.6 .367 2.9 3.9 .750 11.2 1.9 5.4 13.6
Career NBA 53 1176 3.9 11.4 .348 5.2 15.0 .348 3.6 5.3 .624 11.0 2.9 4.7 11.5
5 seasons NYK NBA 46 1102 3.9 11.1 .346 5.2 15.0 .346 3.7 5.4 .619 10.9 3.0 4.6 11.4
1 season DET NBA 7 74 5.4 14.6 .367 5.4 14.6 .367 2.9 3.9 .750 11.2 1.9 5.4 13.6

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1950-51 28 NYK NBA PF 14 .362 .347 .390 -0.5 0.5 0.0
1951-52 29 NYK NBA PF 14 462 12.4 .397 .293 .571 15.2 -0.5 0.4 -0.1 -0.015
1952-53 30 NYK NBA PF 11 405 19.4 .441 .395 .364 21.0 0.2 0.6 0.8 .101
1953-54 31 NYK NBA PF 4 125 10.0 .363 .296 .630 11.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3 -0.107
1954-55 32 NYK NBA PF 3 110 17.4 .472 .385 .462 22.2 0.2 -0.1 0.1 .050
1957-58 35 DET NBA PF 7 74 12.1 .418 .367 .267 8.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 .030
Career NBA 53 1176 15.0 .407 .348 .446 17.1 -0.7 1.3 0.6 .024
5 seasons NYK NBA 46 1102 15.2 .406 .346 .458 17.6 -0.7 1.3 0.6 .024
1 season DET NBA 7 74 12.1 .418 .367 .267 8.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 .030

All-Star Games

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1956-57 34 NYK NBA PF 1 0 23:00 4 11 .364 0 0 11 3 1 8
Career NBA 1 0 23 4 11 .364 0 0 11 3 1 8

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 8 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Nathaniel Clifton 3.7 3.3 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 0.5 -0.4
Vitaly Potapenko 87.9 3.4 3.1 2.5 2.2 1.5 1.1 0.5 0.2
Luc Longley 87.1 3.5 3.4 3.1 2.2 1.8 1.8 0.2 0.2
Jim Barnes 86.5 3.4 2.9 2.4 2.1 2.1 1.1 0.3
Len Elmore 86.4 4.1 3.4 2.2 2.1 2.1 1.6 1.5 0.0
Leon Douglas 84.5 3.6 3.2 3.1 2.1 2.1 1.0 0.0
Mike Brown 82.1 3.7 3.7 2.4 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.0 0.7
Duane Causwell 79.6 3.9 2.9 2.8 1.8 1.3 1.2 0.7 0.5
Brad Lohaus 78.5 3.3 2.7 2.7 1.8 1.5 0.9 0.9 0.1
Will Perdue 77.8 4.7 3.4 2.5 2.5 2.3 0.5 0.2 -0.1
Adonal Foyle 77.6 4.0 3.4 1.9 1.2 1.1 1.1 0.7 -0.1
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Nathaniel Clifton 3.7 3.3 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 0.5 -0.4
Jim Barnes 86.5 3.4 2.9 2.4 2.1 2.1 1.1 0.3
Leon Douglas 84.5 3.6 3.2 3.1 2.1 2.1 1.0 0.0
Luc Longley 84.3 3.5 3.4 3.1 2.2 1.8 1.8 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.0
Vitaly Potapenko 82.5 3.4 3.1 2.5 2.2 1.5 1.1 1.0 0.5 0.2 0.1 -0.1
Len Elmore 79.2 4.1 3.4 2.2 2.1 2.1 1.6 1.5 0.9 0.9 0.0
Mike Brown 79.2 3.7 3.7 2.4 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.0 0.7 0.2 0.1 -0.4
Jim Davis 77.3 4.3 3.8 3.5 2.3 2.3 1.8 0.9 0.2
Duane Causwell 76.8 3.9 2.9 2.8 1.8 1.3 1.2 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.0
Joel Anthony 76.7 3.4 3.3 3.1 1.7 1.2 0.6 0.2
Brad Lohaus 75.8 3.3 2.7 2.7 1.8 1.5 1.3 0.9 0.9 0.1 0.1 -0.1

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

All-Star Games
1957 NBA

Games
1953-54 NBA 72 (2)
1954-55 NBA 72 (2)

Total Rebounds
1951-52 NBA 731 (7)
1952-53 NBA 761 (8)

Personal Fouls
1950-51 NBA 269 (7)

Rebounds Per Game
1951-52 NBA 11.8 (6)
1952-53 NBA 10.9 (9)

Defensive Win Shares
1952-53 NBA 4.4 (6)

Hall of Fame Probability
Career 0.000 (692)

 

Transactions

April 3, 1957: Traded by the New York Knicks with Dick Atha and Harry Gallatin to the Fort Wayne Pistons for Mel Hutchins and Charlie Tyra.

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