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David Robinson

  • Height: 7' 1"
  • Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Date Of Birth: August 6, 1965
  • Hometown: Born in Key West, Florida
  • College: United States Naval Academy
  • Mascot: Bill the Goat
  • High School: Osbourn Park High School
  • Position: Center
  • Draft: first overall, San Antonio Spurs, 1987
David Robinson did not want to play basketball. Even though he stood 5’ 9” in junior high, he never showed much desire, or even talent, at the game. However, he finally started to play as a senior, and Robinson never looked back.

Robinson was born on August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida. This may have been the town of his birth, but Robinson lived in many places due to having a father in the Navy. After his father retired, Robinson and his family settled in Virginia, and David attended Osbourn Park High School. Robinson excelled in school and in almost all sports except basketball. As a 6’ 7” senior, Robinson could not avoid it any longer, and he played on his high school team. In his first year playing organized basketball he was named to both the all-district and all-area teams. Even with these honors, Robinson generated very little interest in college coaches. This did not bother Robinson very much, however, because basketball was still not his main concern; his education was.

Upon graduating high school, Robinson decided to attend the United States Naval Academy and major in mathematics. He ended up turning into the greatest basketball player ever to set foot in the Naval Academy. He was a consensus All-American, and won college basketball’s top two player of the year awards as a senior: the Naismith College Player of the Year and the John R. Wooden Award. He then entered the 1987 NBA Draft and was picked first overall by the San Antonio Spurs. Robinson was unable to play for the Spurs upon graduation due to the obligation of serving duty in the Navy first. However, the Navy made an exception for Robinson and allowed him to only serve two years instead of the usual five years. The Spurs drafted Robinson even though they knew of this obligation, and once he arrived, Robinson made it well worth their wait.

Robinson arrived at the Spurs for 1989-90 season and made an immediate impact. That year he unanimously won NBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 24.3 points per game, 12.0 rebounds per game, 3.9 blocks per game, and led the Spurs to win 56 games after only winning 21 games the season before. The following years of Robinson’s career were full of lots of personal statistics and achievements. He led the NBA in rebounds per game in 1990-91, was named to the Olympic team in 1992 and 1996, led the NBA in total blocks twice and blocks per game once, led the NBA in scoring with 29.8 points per game in 1993-94, was named NBA MVP in 1995, and was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. During this time the Spurs were very consistent at reaching the playoffs, but were unable to win a single championship. As strange as it may sound, it actually took Robinson suffering a serious injury to propel the Spurs to winning a championship.

Robinson was injured during the 1996-97 season, and without him the Spurs limped their way to a miserable 20 wins. However, because of their awful record the Spurs were able to pick first in the following year’s draft. With their pick they selected Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, and it was with Duncan’s help that Robinson and the Spurs were finally able to see their title dreams come true.

The 1998-99 NBA season was shortened to 50 games due to labor negotiations, but this failed to hinder a red-hot Spurs team. They blitzed their way to an NBA-best 37-win season, and led by Robinson and Duncan, they blew everyone out of the playoffs to become NBA champions. Robinson won one more title in 2003, the last year of his career. That year the Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 to give Robinson a much deserved ending to a spectacular career. Robinson finished his career with averages of 21.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and 3.0 blocks per game.

Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
  • Won both the Naismith and Wooden college basketball player of the year awards in 1987.
  • NBA Rookie of the Year in 1990.
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.
  • NBA MVP in 1995.
  • Led NBA in scoring during the 1993-94 season: 29.8 points per game.
  • Led NBA in rebounding during 1990-91 season: 13.0 rebounds per game.
  • Led NBA in blocked shots during the 1991-92 season: 4.49 blocks per game.
  • Two-time NBA champion: 1999 and 2003.
  • Ten-time NBA All-Star: 1989-96, and 1997-2001.
  • Three-time Olympian: 1988 - bronze, 1992 - gold, and 1996 - gold.
  • One of four players in NBA history to amass a quadruple-double in a game: 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocked shots against the Detroit Pistons on February 17, 1994.
  • Four-time All-NBA First Team: 1991-92 and 1995-96.
  • Two-time All-NBA Second Team: 1994 and 1998.
  • Four-time All-NBA Third Team: 1990, 1993, and 2000-01.
  • Four-time All-Defensive First Team: 1991-92, and 1995-96.
  • Four-time All-Defensive Second Team: 1990, 1993-94, and 1998.
  • Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
  • Shared Sports Illustrated "Sportsmen of the Year" award with Tim Duncan in 2003.
  • Spurs all-time leader in rebounds with 10,497.
  • Spurs all-time leader in blocked shots with 2,954.
  • Ranks second all-time in Spurs history with 20,790 career points.
  • Became fourth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game when he scored a career high 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 24, 1994.
  • Only player in NBA history to lead the NBA in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, and win NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year in his career.

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