Nathaniel "Nate" Hawthorne (January 19, 1951 – November 23, 2005) was an American former pro basketball player. He spent three seasons in the NBA, one with the Los Angeles Lakers (1973-74) and two with the Phoenix Suns (1974–76). The Mount Vernon, Illinois native attended Southern Illinois University prior to his NBA stint. He died at age 54 outside his home in Tempe, Arizona, suffering a massive heart attack.
By Dean Hanley
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