Nick Levoter Weatherspoon (July 20, 1950 – October 17, 2008[1]) was an American professional basketball player. He was a 6' 7" small forward.

Nick Weatherspoon
Personal information
Born(1950-07-20)July 20, 1950
Greenwood, Mississippi
DiedOctober 17, 2008(2008-10-17) (aged 58)
Canton, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolCanton McKinley (Canton, Ohio)
CollegeIllinois (1970–1973)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Capital Bullets
Playing career1973–1980
PositionSmall forward
Number12, 13
Career history
19731976Capital / Washington Bullets
1976–1977Seattle SuperSonics
1977–1978Chicago Bulls
19781980San Diego Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,086 (9.0 ppg)
Rebounds2,232 (4.9 rpg)
Assists418 (0.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Weatherspoon, nicknamed "Spoon", scored 1,431 points at Canton McKinley High School, holding the Bulldog scoring record for 37 years until Raymar Morgan broke it during the 2005–06 season. He was an All-American at the University of Illinois before being selected by the Capital Bullets with the 13th pick of the 1973 NBA draft.[2] Named to the 1974 NBA All-Rookie Team, Weatherspoon spent a total of seven seasons in the NBA with the Bullets, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Chicago Bulls, and the San Diego Clippers.[1]

Weatherspoon was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004. Nick Weatherspoon was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was initiated in the Fraternity through Tau Chapter in 1971.

HonorsEdit

BasketballEdit

StatisticsEdit

CollegeEdit

Season Games Points Field Goals Attempts Avg Free Throws Attempts Avg PPG Rebounds Avg Big Ten
Record
Overall
Record
1969–70
8
139
61
129
.473
17
25
.718
17.4
73
9.1
Frosh Team
Not Counted
1970–71
23
381
151
334
.452
79
110
.718
16.6
246
10.7
5–9
11–12
1971–72
24
500
200
477
.419
100
134
.746
20.8
265
11.0
5–9
14–10
1972–73
24
600
247
540
.457
106
149
.711
25.0
295
12.3
8–6
14–10
Totals
71
1481
598
1351
.443
285
393
.725
20.9
806
11.4
18–24
39–32

[4]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Weatherspoon won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1973-74 Capital 65 18.7 .412 .691 6.1 0.6 7.6
1974-75 Washington 82 16.4 .456 .746 4.2 0.6 7.5
1975-76 Washington 64 16.9 .476 .701 4.3 0.9 8.8
1976-77 Washington/Seattle 62 26.7 .449 .632 6.9 0.9 11.5
1977-78 Chicago 41 14.9 .443 .881 3.0 0.8 5.1
1978-79 San Diego 82 32.2 .480 .739 5.5 1.6 13.8
1979-80 San Diego 57 19.7 .434 .692 3.6 0.9 6.9
Career 453 21.4 .455 .713 4.9 0.9 9.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1974 Capital 7 12.4 .474 .400 3.9 0.0 2.9
1975 Washington 17 23.8 .515 .814 4.8 0.9 10.3
1976 Washington 7 32.0 .450 .560 6.0 1.4 12.3
Career 60 32.8 .444 .767 3.6 3.3 17.3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Beaven, Chris (October 18, 2008). "Former McKinley, NBA basketball player Nick Weatherspoon dies". Archived from the original on October 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  2. ^ CollegeHoopedia.com
  3. ^ FightingIllini.com
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com

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