Sacramento Kings: 15 greatest scorers in franchise history

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Nate Archibald
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(1970-76). Tiny Archibald. 2. Scouting Report. PG. player. 84. Pick Analysis

In 1970, the then-Cincinnati Royals drafted Nate “Tiny” Archibald out of the University of Texas-El Paso in the second round and reaped the benefits of taking that chance. At only 6-foot-1 and 150 pounds, Archibald earned the nickname ‘Tiny’, but his size did not impact his ability on the court. The small point guard tore up opposing defenses and proved to be a dynamic scorer.

As a rookie, Tiny averaged 16 points per game, but that was the lowest average of his six seasons with the franchise. The next two seasons were incredible for him, with averages of 28.2 and 34 points per game in his second and third seasons in the NBA. In 1972-73, his 34 points per game led the league.

Archibald could do it all. Dish the rock and score with relative ease. Throughout his six seasons with the Royals, Tiny averaged 25.2 points per game which are second all time for the franchise. His 10,894 points are fourth in franchise history but had he spent more time with the club, there is no doubt that rank would be higher.

Regardless, Archibald comes in as the second-best scorer in franchise history. He leads the franchise with four 50-point games, tallying marks of 51, 52, 52 and 55 with two in 1972 and two in 1973. A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer in his own right, Archibald would be No. 1 if it weren’t for the ‘Big O’, who is simply one of the most legendary players the sport has ever seen.