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Nathaniel "Nat" Clifton

Known to be one of the first African-Americans to play in the NBA, Nathaniel Clifton joined the New York Rens which was a all-black professional basketball team. During his stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, he showcased his exceptional ball-handling skills which helped to lead him to a NBA contract. Clifton became the second African-American player to sign a NBA contract and debuted days later Cearl Llyod debuted to  mark the first African American player to play for an NBA team.

Enshrined

2014

Born

October 13, 1922 Little Rock, AR

Died

August 31, 1990

College

Xavier (La.)

Professional Career

Detroit Pistons New York Knicks Harlem Globetrotters New York Rens Chicago Majors

Career Stats

6' 8" HEIGHT
C/F POSITION
1st AFRICAN-AMERICAN PLAYER
TO SIGN AN NBA CONTRACT
2 YEARS AVERAGING A
DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN
POINTS AND REBOUNDS
1x NBA ALLSTAR
8.2 CAREER REBOUNDS PER GAME