David Robinson

David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for his entire career. Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral".

Robinson is a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Champion (1999 and 2003), a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner (1992, 1996), a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2009 for his individual career, 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team), and a two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee (2008 individually, 2009 as a member of the 1992 Olympic team).[1] He is widely considered one of the greatest centers in both college basketball and NBA history.[2] To date, Robinson is the only player from the Naval Academy to play in the NBA.

David Robinson
David Robinson (Team USA)
Robinson in 2006
Personal information
BornAugust 6, 1965 (age 53)
Key West, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolOsbourn Park
(Manassas, Virginia)
CollegeNavy (1983–1987)
NBA draft1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career1989–2003
PositionCenter
Number50
Career history
19892003San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points20,790 (21.1 ppg)
Rebounds10,497 (10.6 rpg)
Blocks2,954 (3.0 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Early life

David Robinson was born in Key West, Florida, the second child of Ambrose and Freda Robinson. Since Robinson's father was in the Navy, the family moved many times. After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Woodbridge, Virginia, where Robinson excelled in school and in most sports, except basketball. He was 5 feet, 9 inches tall in junior high school; he tried his hand at basketball, but soon quit. Robinson attended Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., where Robinson's father was working as an engineer.

By his senior year in high school he was 6 feet, 6 inches tall, weighed 175 pounds, and had not played organized basketball or attended any basketball camps.[3] When the coach added the tall senior to the basketball team, Robinson earned all-area and all-district honors but generated little interest among college basketball coaches. Robinson scored 1320 on the SAT, and chose to go to the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in mathematics.

College basketball career and military service

Robinson achieved the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade while serving in the U.S. Navy.

David Robinson is widely considered to be the best basketball player in Naval Academy history.[4] He chose the jersey number 50 after his idol Ralph Sampson. By the time he took the court in his first basketball game for the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team, he had grown to 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), and over the course of his college basketball career he grew to 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m).[5][6] He began college with no expectations of playing in the NBA,[3] but in Robinson's final two years he was a consensus All-American and won college basketball's two most prestigious player awards, the Naismith and Wooden Awards, as a Naval Academy first classman (senior). In 1986, Robinson led Navy, a number seven seed, within a game of the Final Four before falling to Duke in the East Regional Final. Robinson played his first three years for the Midshipmen under Paul Evans (who left Navy to coach at Pitt) and his senior season under former University of Georgia interim Head Coach Pete Herrmann. Upon graduation, he became eligible for the 1987 NBA draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick; however, the Spurs had to wait two years because he had to fulfill his active-duty obligation with the Navy.

Robinson was 6 ft. 8 in. when he was admitted to the Naval Academy, two inches above the height limit, but received a waiver from the Superintendent of the Academy. Robinson considered leaving the academy after his second year, before incurring an obligation to serve on active duty. He decided to stay after discussing with the Superintendent the likelihood that his height would prevent him from serving at sea as an unrestricted line officer, which would be detrimental to his naval career, and might make it impossible for him to receive a commission at all. As a compromise, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman allowed Robinson to train for and receive a commission as a staff officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. As a result, Robinson was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and was only required to serve an initial active-duty obligation of two years. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Robinson became a civil engineering officer at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.[5] He was regularly featured in recruiting materials for the service. Despite the nickname "Admiral", Robinson's actual rank upon fulfilling his service commitment was Lieutenant (junior grade).[7]

NBA career

Since he had not signed a contract, NBA regulations stated that Robinson could have reentered the draft after his naval service.[3] Although there was speculation that he might choose not to sign with the Spurs,[8][9] Robinson agreed to move to San Antonio for the 1989–90 season, but the Spurs agreed to pay him as much as the average of the salaries of the two highest-paid players in the league each year, or release him to free agency.[3]

The Spurs had spent the second half of the 1980s as an also-ran, bottoming out in 1988–89 with a 21–61 record,[10] the worst in franchise history at the time. While it was widely thought that the Spurs would become respectable again once Robinson arrived, no one expected what happened in his rookie season. Robinson led the Spurs to the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history at the time[11] (a record the Spurs themselves broke in 1997–98, after drafting Tim Duncan, which was then broken by the Boston Celtics in the 2007–08 NBA season). The Spurs leaped to a record of 56–26 for a remarkable 35 game improvement. They advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs where they lost in seven games to the eventual conference champion Portland Trail Blazers. Following the 1989–90 season, he was unanimously named the NBA rookie of the year, and subsequently Sega produced a game featuring him entitled David Robinson's Supreme Court.[12] The Spurs made the playoffs seven more seasons in a row. Robinson also made the 1992 US Olympic Dream Team that won the gold medal in Barcelona. During the 1993–94 season, he became locked in a duel for the NBA scoring title with Shaquille O'Neal, scoring 71 points (breaking George Gervin's single-game franchise record of 63) against the Los Angeles Clippers to win it.[13] In that season, Robinson averaged a career-high 29.8 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, career-high 4.8 assists per game and 3.3 blocks per game.[14]

Robinson went on to win the MVP trophy in 1995, and in 1996 he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.[15] Still, from 1991 to 1996, Robinson was thwarted in his quest to claim the one prize that had eluded him: an NBA title. During that span the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, Suns (twice), Jazz (twice), and Rockets. The loss against the Rockets was particularly painful for Robinson because it occurred in the Western Conference Finals with Robinson playing head-to-head against his chief rival, Hakeem Olajuwon. By his own admission, Robinson was outplayed by Olajuwon in the series, their only meetings in post-season play.

Early in the 1997 season, Robinson's dreams of becoming a champion seemed to vanish when he hurt his back in the preseason. He finally returned in December, but six games later broke his foot in a home game against the Miami Heat, and ended up missing the rest of the regular season. As a result of the injury to Robinson and other key players (most notably Sean Elliott, who missed more than half the season), the Spurs finished the season with a dismal 20–62 record. However, his injury proved to be a blessing in disguise. Despite having only the third-worst record in the league, the Spurs won the NBA Draft Lottery—and with it, the first pick in the next year's NBA draft. They used that pick to select Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University, who was, after a few years, the final key to Robinson's quest for an NBA title.

Championship season

Before the start of the 1998–99 season, the NBA owners and NBA commissioner David Stern locked out the NBA Players' Association to force negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This lockout lasted for 202 days, well into the regular NBA season, before an agreement was finally reached. After playing a truncated 50-game season, the Spurs finished with an NBA-best record of 37–13, giving them the home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Spurs blitzed through the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers by a combined record of 11–1 to reach the NBA Finals for the first time ever. In the Finals, the combination of Robinson in the post and second-year, 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Tim Duncan proved overpowering, the Spurs beat the New York Knicks in five games to become the first former American Basketball Association team to win an NBA title. Duncan was named Finals MVP.[16]

Robinson and teammate power forward Tim Duncan were nicknamed "The Twin Towers".

Twilight years and second championship

After winning his first championship in the previous season, his statistical performances began to decline. During the 1999-00 season, in 80 games he played, Robinson averaged 17.8 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game and 2.3 blocks per game. The Spurs still made it to the playoffs as the fourth seed. But they bowed out to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs, even though he averaged 23.5 points per game, 13.8 rebounds per game and 3 blocks per game during that series.[17]

Robinson announced he would retire from basketball after the 2002–03 season.[18]

On June 15, 2003, in the finale of Robinson's career, the Spurs won another NBA title with an 88–77 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals. Turning back the clock, Robinson scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in his final game for the Spurs. He and the year's regular season and NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 2003 Sportsmen of the Year award.

Player profile

Robinson averaged 21.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, 3 blocks per game, and 2.5 assists per game over 987 games in his NBA career. Also, he is one of only a very small group of players to have scored over 20,000 career points in the NBA, as well as being one of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double[11] (with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks against the Detroit Pistons on February 17, 1994).

He is also one of only six players to record 70 or more points in a single game. Robinson scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 24, 1994.[19] Only Elgin Baylor (71 points), Wilt Chamberlain (70, 72, 73 twice, 78, 100 points), David Thompson (73 points), Devin Booker (70 points), and Kobe Bryant (81 points) have scored 70 or more points in a single game.[20]

Robinson is also noteworthy for his harmonious relationship with Tim Duncan. Sportswriter Chris Sheridan noted that it was rare for someone like Robinson to have welcomed and mentored Duncan as willingly as he did.[21]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Robinson won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989–90 San Antonio 82* 81 36.6 .531 .000 .732 12.0 2.0 1.7 3.9 24.3
1990–91 San Antonio 82* 81 37.7 .552 .143 .762 13.0* 2.5 1.5 3.9 25.6
1991–92 San Antonio 68 68 37.7 .551 .125 .701 12.2 2.7 2.3 4.5* 23.2
1992–93 San Antonio 82 82 39.2 .501 .176 .732 11.7 3.7 1.5 3.2 23.4
1993–94 San Antonio 80 80 40.5 .507 .345 .749 10.7 4.8 1.7 3.3 29.8*
1994–95 San Antonio 81 81 38.0 .530 .300 .774 10.8 2.9 1.7 3.2 27.6
1995–96 San Antonio 82 82 36.8 .516 .333 .761 12.2 3.0 1.4 3.3 25.0
1996–97 San Antonio 6 6 24.5 .500 .000 .654 8.5 1.3 1.0 1.0 17.7
1997–98 San Antonio 73 73 33.7 .511 .250 .735 10.6 2.7 .9 2.6 21.6
1998–99 San Antonio 49 49 31.7 .509 .000 .658 10.0 2.1 1.4 2.4 15.8
1999–00 San Antonio 80 80 32.0 .512 .000 .726 9.6 1.8 1.2 2.3 17.8
2000–01 San Antonio 80 80 29.6 .486 .000 .747 8.6 1.5 1.0 2.5 14.4
2001–02 San Antonio 78 78 29.5 .507 .000 .681 8.3 1.2 1.1 1.8 12.2
2002–03 San Antonio 64 64 26.2 .469 .000 .710 7.9 1.0 .8 1.7 8.5
Career 987 985 34.7 .518 .250 .736 10.6 2.5 1.4 3.0 21.1
All-Star 10 3 18.4 .588 .000 .695 6.2 .8 1.3 1.3 14.1

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1990 San Antonio 10 10 37.5 .533 .000 .677 12.0 2.3 1.1 4.0 24.3
1991 San Antonio 4 4 41.5 .686 .000 .868 13.5 2.0 1.5 3.8 25.8
1993 San Antonio 10 10 42.1 .465 .000 .664 12.6 4.0 1.0 3.6 23.1
1994 San Antonio 4 4 36.5 .411 .000 .741 10.0 3.5 .8 2.5 20.0
1995 San Antonio 15 15 41.5 .446 .200 .812 12.1 3.1 1.5 2.6 25.3
1996 San Antonio 10 10 35.3 .516 .000 .667 10.1 2.4 1.5 2.5 23.6
1998 San Antonio 9 9 39.2 .425 .000 .635 14.1 2.6 1.2 3.3 19.4
1999 San Antonio 17 17 35.3 .483 .000 .722 9.9 2.5 1.6 2.4 15.6
2000 San Antonio 4 4 38.8 .373 .000 .762 13.8 2.5 1.8 3.0 23.5
2001 San Antonio 13 13 31.5 .472 .000 .695 11.8 1.7 1.3 2.4 16.6
2002 San Antonio 4 4 20.3 .474 .000 .000 5.8 1.3 .8 .8 4.5
2003 San Antonio 23 23 23.4 .542 .000 .667 6.6 .9 .8 1.3 7.8
Career 123 123 34.3 .479 .100 .708 10.6 2.3 1.2 2.5 18.1

National team career

Dream Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.JPEG
Robinson at the free throw line in 1992 for the “Dream Team”

David Robinson was a member of the United States national team at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, the 1988 Summer Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics, and the 1996 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal at all games except the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal.

Personal life

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Robinson at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2014

Robinson married Valerie Hoggatt in 1991. They have three sons, David Jr., Corey, and Justin. Corey attended Notre Dame and was a wide receiver on the football team[22] before ending his playing career in 2016 on medical advice due to multiple concussions prior to what would have been his senior season.[23] He was very active on campus in his final undergraduate year, having been elected student body president in February 2016 for the 2016–17 school year.[24] Justin, a 6'8" (2.03 m) forward in basketball and a two-time all-state selection in Texas, has attended Duke since August 2015. He was initially recruited to the Duke team as a "preferred walk-on" with the opportunity to eventually earn a scholarship, but was placed on scholarship before his arrival at Duke.[25]

Robinson identifies his religious affiliation as Christian[26] and stated that he became a Christian on June 8, 1991 after being encouraged to read the Bible.[27][27]

In 2001, Robinson founded and funded the $9 million Carver Academy in San Antonio, a non-profit private school named for George Washington Carver to provide more opportunities for inner-city children. In 2012, the school became a public charter school and its name changed to IDEA Carver. Robinson continues to be a very active participant in the school's day-to-day activities.[28][29]

In 2011, Robinson earned a Master of Arts in Administration (with concentration in organizational development) from the University of the Incarnate Word to better "understand how businesses work and how to build them.".[30]

Beyond his founding of Carver Academy, Robinson is well known as a philanthropist. Robinson and business partner Daniel Bassichis donate 10 percent of their profits to charitable causes.[30] The winner of the NBA Community Assist Award is presented with the David Robinson Plaque.[31]

Other ventures

In 2008 Robinson partnered with Daniel Bassichis, formerly of Goldman Sachs and a board member of The Carver Academy, to form Admiral Capital Group.[32] Admiral Capital Group is a private equity firm whose mission is to invest in opportunities that can provide both financial and social returns. Robinson's primary motivation in starting Admiral Capital was to create a source of additional financial support for The Carver Academy. Its portfolio is worth more than $100 million and includes nine upscale hotels and office buildings across the U.S. as well as Centerplate, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. Admiral Capital Group also partnered with Living Cities to form the Admiral Center, a non-profit created to support other athletes and entertainers with their philanthropic initiatives. Robinson is also co-owner of a Jaguar Land Rover Dealership in San Juan, Texas.[33][34]

Awards and honors

NBA records and career highs

Career highs

40-point games

Robinson scored 40 or more points 22 times in the regular season and once in the playoffs.

Occurred during rookie season
Occurred in playoff competition
Points Opponent Home/Away Date Minutes
played
FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
71 Los Angeles Clippers Away April 24, 1994 44 26 41 1 2 18 25 14 5 0 2
52 Charlotte Hornets Home January 16, 1993 40 20 28 1 2 11 15 14 3 0 7
50 Minnesota Timberwolves Away February 21, 1994 38 18 32 1 4 13 15 9 2 2 6
48 Sacramento Kings Home March 19, 1994 45 17 31 0 0 14 16 16 6 4 3
46 Boston Celtics Home December 26, 1993 45 16 26 0 0 14 23 9 3 1 5
45 (2 OT) New York Knicks Away December 10, 1995 52 15 26 0 0 15 19 16 2 1 3
44 New Jersey Nets Home March 8, 1996 43 18 24 0 0 8 9 9 4 4 5
43 Denver Nuggets Home November 7, 1990 34 16 21 0 0 11 12 9 4 1 5
43 Orlando Magic Home January 10, 1991 41 14 21 0 0 15 15 12 3 4 10
43 Minnesota Timberwolves Home November 9, 1993 41 14 22 0 0 15 19 11 1 3 10
43 Dallas Mavericks Home January 15, 1995 42 18 32 0 1 7 10 17 1 3 3
42 Seattle SuperSonics Home November 28, 1992 39 13 21 0 0 16 17 10 3 2 3
42 Seattle SuperSonics Away November 30, 1994 47 15 20 0 2 12 14 9 2 0 2
42 (OT) Dallas Mavericks Home December 6, 1994 45 17 26 0 0 8 10 8 5 4 1
42 Charlotte Hornets Away January 18, 1995 42 16 26 0 0 10 10 9 4 0 0
42 (OT) Denver Nuggets Away April 16, 1995 52 15 25 0 0 12 17 14 5 1 5
41 Golden State Warriors Home March 2, 1990 41 12 21 0 0 17 22 17 2 3 5
41 Los Angeles Clippers Home March 4, 1994 45 14 21 0 0 13 14 16 8 3 3
40 Phoenix Suns Home November 17, 1990 34 16 25 0 0 8 10 14 1 2 5
40 Houston Rockets Away March 12, 1994 48 15 26 0 0 10 14 16 7 2 4
40 Detroit Pistons Away March 27, 1995 40 12 22 0 0 16 17 12 2 1 5
40 Los Angeles Lakers Away April 7, 1996 44 15 26 0 0 10 13 11 5 1 5
40 Phoenix Suns Home April 28, 1996 42 14 25 0 0 12 16 21 1 2 3

Top shot-blocking efforts

Occurred during rookie season
Quadruple-double (fourth in NBA history)
Blocks Opponent Home/Away Date Minutes
played
Points Rebounds Assists Steals
12 Minnesota Timberwolves Home February 23, 1990 36 24 12 2 3
11 Charlotte Hornets Away February 2, 1990 35 27 15 3 2
11 Sacramento Kings Home December 28, 1990 35 27 13 2 0
11 Utah Jazz Home January 12, 1991 39 22 18 5 0
11 Portland Trail Blazers Home February 4, 1992 45 23 14 3 1
10 (OT) Los Angeles Lakers Home February 20, 1990 41 23 16 2 1
10 Orlando Magic Home January 10, 1991 41 43 12 3 4
10 Milwaukee Bucks Home November 10, 1992 43 29 9 5 5
10 Minnesota Timberwolves Home November 9, 1993 41 43 11 1 3
10 Detroit Pistons Home February 17, 1994 43 34 10 10 2

Regular season

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 71 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Points, half (2nd) 47 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Points, quarter (4th) 28 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Field goal percentage 10–11 (.909) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves November 20, 1991
Field goals made 26 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Field goal attempts 41 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Free throws made, no misses 15–15 vs. Orlando Magic January 10, 1991
Free throws made 18 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Free throws made 18 vs. Portland Trail Blazers November 23, 1994
Free throws made 18 at Golden State Warriors March 12, 1996
Free throws made 18 vs. Los Angeles Clippers December 10, 1997
Free throw attempts 25 at Los Angeles Clippers April 24, 1994
Rebounds 24 at Sacramento Kings December 3, 1991
Rebounds 24 vs. Golden State Warriors February 27, 1992
Offensive rebounds 14 vs. Los Angeles Lakers April 2, 1991
Defensive rebounds 19 vs. New Jersey Nets November 7, 1994
Assists 11 vs. Utah Jazz March 14, 1992
Steals 7 vs. Houston Rockets February 18, 2000
Turnovers 9 at Golden State Warriors March 14, 1991
Turnovers 9 at Houston Rockets February 21, 1995
Minutes played 53 (OT) at Chicago Bulls March 5, 1993

Playoffs

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 40 vs. Phoenix Suns April 28, 1996
Field goal percentage 100% (8–8) (OT) vs. Phoenix Suns April 19, 2003
Field goals made 14 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 6, 1995
Field goals made 14 at Los Angeles Lakers May 12, 1995
Field goals made 14 vs. Phoenix Suns April 28, 1996
Field goal attempts 27 at Los Angeles Lakers May 12, 1995
Field goal attempts 27 at Phoenix Suns April 29, 2000
Free throws made, no misses 10–10 vs. Golden State Warriors April 27, 1991
Free throws made, no misses 10–10 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1995
Free throws made 18 vs. Phoenix Suns May 16, 1993
Free throw attempts 23 vs. Phoenix Suns May 16, 1993
Rebounds 22 at Los Angeles Lakers May 14, 1995
Offensive rebounds 10 at Los Angeles Lakers May 14, 1995
Defensive rebounds 17 vs. Phoenix Suns April 28, 1996
Assists 11 (OT) vs. Portland Trail Blazers May 7, 1993
Steals 4 at Golden State Warriors May 1, 1991
Steals 4 at Houston Rockets May 26, 1995
Steals 4 at Houston Rockets June 1, 1995
Blocked shots 8 vs. Portland Trail Blazers May 10, 1990
Blocked shots 8 vs. Golden State Warriors April 25, 1991
Turnovers 7 thrice thrice
Minutes played 52 (OT) vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 16, 1995

NBA records

Regular season

Fourth (and most recent) player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double in a game: San Antonio Spurs (115) vs. Detroit Pistons (96), February 17, 1994

Fourth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game: 71, at Los Angeles Clippers, April 24, 1994

One of two players in NBA history to lead the league in scoring (1993–94), rebounding (1990–91) and blocked shots (1991–92) during his career

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the first player to achieve this.
  • Hakeem Olajuwon led the league in blocks thrice, and in rebounding twice, but the closest he came to a scoring title was second place, both in 1994–95 (Shaquille O'Neal) and 1995–96 (Michael Jordan).

Second player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player during his career

  • Michael Jordan was the first player to achieve this.
  • Hakeem Olajuwon won Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player during his career, but finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to Jordan in 1984–85.

Only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots and win awards for Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player during his career

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar achieved all of these except for Defensive Player of the Year, an award which did not exist for most of his career.

Only player in NBA history to rank among top five players in the league in rebounding, blocks and steals in the same season: 1991–92

  • Ranked first in blocks (4.49 bpg), fourth in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and fifth in steals (2.32 spg).
  • Hakeem Olajuwon ranked first in rebounding, fourth in blocks and sixth in steals in 1988–89.

Only player in NBA history to rank among the top seven players in the league in five statistics in the same season: 1991–92

  • Ranked seventh in scoring (23.2 ppg), fourth in rebounding (12.2 rpg), first in blocks (4.49 bpg), fifth in steals (2.32 spg) and seventh in field-goal percentage (.551)

Playoffs

Highest field goal percentage in a game (minimum 8 made): 1.000 (8—8), vs. Phoenix Suns, April 19, 2003 (OT)

  • Tied with many other players

Part of second trio of players in NBA history to score 30 or more points in the same game: San Antonio Spurs (130) vs. Golden State Warriors (121), April 25, 1991

All-Star

Personal fouls, quarter: 4 (1991)

Charitable efforts

In addition to his lengthy NBA career, Robinson is also noted for his charitable work.

In 1991, Robinson visited with fifth graders at Gates Elementary School in San Antonio and challenged them to finish school and go to college. He offered a $2,000 scholarship to everyone who did. In 1998, proving even better than his word, Robinson awarded $8,000 to each of those students who had completed his challenge. In perhaps his greatest civic and charitable achievement, David and his wife, Valerie, founded the Carver Academy in San Antonio, which opened its doors in September 2001. To date, the Robinsons have donated more than $11 million to the school.[40]

In March 2003, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to charity, the NBA renamed its award for outstanding charitable efforts in honor of Robinson. Winners of the NBA's Community Assist Award receive the David Robinson Plaque, with the inscription "Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece." The award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. Robinson is also the recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.[41][42]

In 2011, in recognition of his philanthropic efforts with the Carver Academy, Robinson received the Children's Champion Award from the charitable organization Children's Hunger Fund.[43]

See also

NBA

College

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1987 NBA draft

The 1987 NBA draft was held on June 22, 1987, in New York City.

This draft is notable for the selection of two future members of the NBA 50 Greatest Players list, David Robinson and Scottie Pippen, as well as fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller. Other notable selections include Kevin Johnson, Kenny Smith, Horace Grant, Reggie Lewis, Muggsy Bogues, Mark Jackson, and Šarūnas Marčiulionis. Also in this draft, former Florida Gators men's basketball head coach Billy Donovan (drafted 68th by the Utah Jazz), who led that program to NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships in 2006 and in 2007.

Note that David Robinson did not join the NBA until the 1989–90 season due to his service commitment with the United States Navy. This was the last NBA draft to go over three rounds, as it was reduced to exactly three next year and later to two since 1989.

1989–90 NBA season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Detroit Pistons winning their second NBA Championship, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

1998–99 San Antonio Spurs season

The 1998–99 NBA season was the Spurs' 32nd season as a franchise, the 26th in San Antonio, and the 23rd in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Spurs acquired second-year guard Antonio Daniels from the Vancouver Grizzlies and signed free agents Mario Elie, Steve Kerr and Jerome Kersey. After a promising rookie season from second-year star Tim Duncan, Spurs fans had to wait three and a half months as part of the NBA regular season was wiped out by a lockout. When the season started, the Spurs started slowly, posting a 6–8 record in February. However, in March and April, they won 31 of their final 36 games on their way to a league-best record, 37–13.

In the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in four games of the first round winning three games to one. In the semifinals, the Spurs' "Twin Towers" of David Robinson and Tim Duncan outplayed Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant as the Spurs swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four straight games. In the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs faced the Portland Trail Blazers. After taking Game 1, the Spurs trailed in Game 2 as the Blazers largest lead was by double digits 17 points. However, in the fourth quarter, the Spurs made a run and with 9 seconds left, Sean Elliott tip-toed down the sidelines staying barely inbounds to nail a game-winning three-pointer. From there, the Spurs would go on to sweep the Trail Blazers to become the first former American Basketball Association (ABA) team to play in the NBA Finals.

In the Finals, they defeated the 8th-seeded New York Knicks in five games. Avery Johnson hit the title-winning basket with 47 seconds left to seal the Spurs' first title in franchise history. Following the season, Will Perdue signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls.

1999–2000 San Antonio Spurs season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the San Antonio Spurs' 24th season in the National Basketball Association, their 27th season as the Spurs, and their 33rd season as a franchise. During the 1999 offseason, the Spurs signed free agents Terry Porter and Samaki Walker. Coming off their first NBA championship, the Spurs entered the season as defending NBA champions, and were still among the best teams in the Western Conference, winning 14 of their first 17 games. They battled for first place in the Midwest Division all season, with Tim Duncan and David Robinson both being selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. On March 14, the Spurs' playoff spirits would get a lift when Sean Elliott, who had received a kidney transplant prior to the season, returned and played in the final 19 games. However, as the season wound down, Duncan suffered a knee injury. The Spurs finished second in the Midwest Division with a 53–29 record, but without Duncan, they were eliminated in the first of the playoffs by the fifth-seeded Phoenix Suns. Following the season, Mario Elie signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, and Jerome Kersey signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

2000–01 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Spurs' 25th season in the National Basketball Association, their 28th season in San Antonio, and their 34th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Spurs signed free agents Derek Anderson and Danny Ferry. The Spurs continued to be among the NBA's elite teams, winning 23 of their final 29 games to recapture the Midwest Division with a 58–24 record and posting a league best 33–8 record at home. Tim Duncan and David Robinson were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs would easily defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves in four games. In the semifinals, they beat the 5th-seeded Dallas Mavericks in five games to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they were swept by the second-seeded defending and eventual back-to-back NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Following the season, Anderson was traded along with Steve Kerr to the Portland Trail Blazers for Steve Smith, Avery Johnson signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, Samaki Walker signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Sean Elliott retired.

All-NBA Team

The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. The voting is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The team has been selected in every season of the league's existence, dating back to its inaugural season in 1946. The All-NBA Team originally had two teams, but since 1988 it is typically composed of three five-man lineups—a first, second, and third team.

Players receive five points for a first team vote, three points for a second team vote, and one point for a third team vote. The five players with the highest point totals make the first team, with the next five making the second team and so forth. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of any team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. A tie has occurred only once, in 1952, when Bob Davies and Dolph Schayes tied in votes received. From 1946 to 1955, players were selected without regard to position; however, since 1956, each team has consisted of two guards, two forwards, and one center.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan hold the record for the most total selections with fifteen. Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James follow with fourteen total honors, while Schayes, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki have twelve selections. James has the most All-NBA first team honors with twelve, while Malone and Bryant are tied for second-most with eleven.

David Robinson (Irish politician)

David Lubbock Robinson (c.1882 – 21 August 1943) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a revolutionary figure in County Wicklow during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

He was born in Dublin in 1882 to the Very Reverend J.J. Robinson, who was Rector of Delgany and later the Dean of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. His grandfather, John Robinson, was the owner of the Daily Express newspaper in Dublin. His mother was the youngest daughter of Sir John W. Lubbock and a sister of the first Lord Avebury, the noted scientist. He was educated at St Columba's College and at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor. He was a keen hockey enthusiast and represented Ireland at international level.After he qualified he travelled to Canada and during World War I he enlisted in the 19th Alberta Dragoons as a private and was commissioned to the Royal Marine Artillery. He had a distinguished military career and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order by the British Government and the Croix de Guerre. He had lost an eye and was badly wounded in both legs during his years at the front. His cousin, Robert Barton, had resigned as a British Officer after the 1916 Easter Rising and was elected as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála at the 1918 general election for the West Wicklow constituency. His other cousin, Erskine Childers, used his yacht, the Asgard, to transport guns from Germany to Ireland on behalf of the Irish Volunteers. He too was a former British Army Officer that became more sympathetic with the cause of Irish independence after the events of the Rising. Robinson took an active part in the War of Independence in Wicklow. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and fought on the Republican side in the Civil War. He was present in Annamoe, County Wicklow when his cousin, Erskine, was arrested by Free State Troops and taken to Dublin which would result in his court-martial and execution. Robinson was himself arrested in 1922 and spent forty days on hunger strike during his eighteen months' internment in Mountjoy jail.He was one of seven successful Fianna Fáil candidates who secured election to the Free State Seanad at the 1931 Seanad election, securing a nine-year term. Michael Comyn, the Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Seanad was appointed a Circuit Court Judge on 24 February 1936 and he resigned his seat in the Seanad. Robinson succeeded him as Leas-Chathaoirleach. He remained a member of the Seanad until its abolition in 1936. In 1938 he was nominated by then Taoiseach Éamon de Valera to the newly formed Seanad Éireann. He was nominated again to the 3rd Seanad but did not seek re-election in 1943. He was also the Secretary of the Irish Red Cross when it was inaugurated.

He died at Delgany, County Wicklow aged sixty-one years.

David Robinson (drummer)

David Robinson (born April 2, 1949) is an American rock drummer. He has performed with many rock bands including the Rising Tide, the Modern Lovers, the Pop!, DMZ and the Cars. In 2018, Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars.

David Robinson (film critic)

David Robinson (born 6 August 1930 in Lincoln) is an English film critic and author. He is a former film critic for both the Financial Times and The Times and wrote the official biography of Charlie Chaplin.

Jerry Robinson

Sherrill David Robinson (January 1, 1922 – December 7, 2011), known as Jerry Robinson, was an American comic book artist known for his work on DC Comics' Batman line of comics during the 1940s. He is best known as the co-creator of Robin and the Joker and for his work on behalf of creators' rights.

He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.

List of first overall NBA draft picks

The National Basketball Association's first overall pick is the player who is selected first among all eligible draftees by a team during the annual National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. The first pick is awarded to the team that wins the NBA draft lottery; in most cases, that team had a losing record in the previous season. The team with the first pick attracts significant media attention, as does the player who is selected with that pick.

Eleven first picks have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (record six-time winner), Bill Walton, Magic Johnson (three-time winner), Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan (two-time winner), LeBron James (four-time winner), and Derrick Rose (youngest winner).

Since the advent of the draft lottery in 1985, seven number one overall picks have won an NBA title. They are David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Glenn Robinson, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Andrew Bogut, and Kyrie Irving.

China's Yao Ming (2002) and Italy's Andrea Bargnani (2006) are the only two players without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Eleven other international players with U.S. college experience have been drafted first overall—Mychal Thompson (Bahamas) in 1978, Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) in 1984, Patrick Ewing (Jamaica) in 1985, Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) in 1997, Michael Olowokandi (Nigeria) in 1998, Andrew Bogut (Australia) in 2005, Kyrie Irving (Australia) in 2011, Anthony Bennett (Canada) in 2013, Andrew Wiggins (Canada) in 2014, Ben Simmons (Australia) in 2016, and Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) in 2018. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an "international" player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Ewing had dual Jamaican-American citizenship when he was drafted and Irving and Simmons had dual Australian-American citizenship when they were drafted.

Note that the drafts between 1947 and 1949 were held by the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The Basketball Association of America became the National Basketball Association after absorbing teams from the National Basketball League in the fall of 1949. Official NBA publications include the BAA Drafts as part of the NBA's draft history.

Marty Robbins

Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and western singers of all time for most of his near four-decade career, Robbins often topped the country music charts, and several of his songs also had crossover success as pop hits.

Morgan Creek Entertainment Group

Morgan Creek Entertainment (also known as Morgan Creek Productions) is an American film production company that has released box-office hits including Young Guns, Dead Ringers, Major League, True Romance, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Crush, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Last of the Mohicans. The studio was co-founded in 1988 by James Robinson and Joe Roth. Robinson is company as chairman and CEO. His two sons, Brian Robinson and David C. Robinson, run the day-to-day operations. The company name comes from Roth's favorite film, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.Morgan Creek generally released their films through larger studios while retaining the copyrights, and making autonomous decisions on video and TV rights. Their initial slate of films from 1988 to 1990 were released by 20th Century Fox, except for Renegades and Coupe de Ville which were released by Universal and Major League which was released by Paramount. In 1991, beginning with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, they shifted their distribution of new films, as well as their previous catalog titles, to Warner Bros., where they remained until early 2005. Later that year, beginning with Two for the Money, they released their newer films through Universal, though previous films were still handled in the U.S. by Warner.

In October 2014, Morgan Creek sold the international distribution rights and copyrights to their films to Revolution Studios for $36.75 million. In September 2015, Morgan Creek began negotiating the sale of rights for the remaining territories, though they intend to retain remake and TV rights to the Ace Ventura, Major League, Young Guns, and Exorcist franchises.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

The NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the best defensive player of the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points, second-place voted are worth three points, and a third-place vote is worth one. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.Since its inception, the award has been given to 21 different players. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace have each won the award a record four times. Dwight Howard is the only player to have won the award in three consecutive seasons. Sidney Moncrief, Mark Eaton, Dennis Rodman, Hakeem Olajuwon, Alonzo Mourning, and Kawhi Leonard have each won it twice. The most recent award recipient is Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.

Although five of the first six winners were perimeter players, the award has traditionally been given to big men who rebound and block shots. Only seven perimeter players have been honored: Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cooper, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Ron Artest (known now as Metta World Peace), and Kawhi Leonard. Payton is the only point guard to have won. Jordan, Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Kevin Garnett are the only Defensive Player of the Year winners to have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) during their careers; Jordan and Olajuwon won both awards in the same season. In Olajuwon's case, he is the only one to have also won the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and the NBA championship in the same season. On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year recipient was not voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in the same year. Robertson in 1986, Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012), and Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team. Whereas the Defensive Player of the Year is voted on by the media, the All-Defensive teams were voted on by NBA coaches prior to 2014.Frenchman Rudy Gobert is the only winner who was trained completely outside the U.S. Out of the other three winners born outside the U.S., Mutombo and Olajuwon both played U.S. college basketball, and Gasol played U.S. high school basketball. Joakim Noah, who has played for the French national team, was born in New York City and played both high school and college basketball in the U.S.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.

The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first, second, and third place votes (worth five points, three points, and one point respectively). The player(s) with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Ben Simmons. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall. There has only been one winner taken in the second round of the draft, Malcolm Brogdon, who was taken 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 draft. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, and Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season. Five players won the award unanimously (by capturing all of the first-place votes) – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States. Three of these individuals have dual nationality by birth—Wiggins and Simmons have American fathers, and both of Irving's parents are Americans. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins and Simmons moved to the U.S. while in high school. Gasol is the only winner trained totally outside the U.S.

Navy Midshipmen men's basketball

The Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team represents the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland, in NCAA Division I college basketball. The team competes in the Patriot League and plays its home games in Alumni Hall.The U.S. Naval Academy began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in the 1907–08 season. Navy was retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1912–13 and 1918–19 seasons by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll and for the 1912–13 season by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

Robinson College, Cambridge

Robinson College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England. Founded in 1977, Robinson is one of the newest Oxbridge colleges and is unique in having been intended, from its inception, for both undergraduate and graduate students of both sexes.

Despite this, it retains many of the same traditions and institutions of other Cambridge colleges, including formal hall, Latin grace, a chapel and porters' lodge. It was founded through a significant donation from the 20th century British businessman and philanthropist, Sir David Robinson. The college was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981 with both undergraduate and graduate students in attendance.

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs are one of four former American Basketball Association (ABA) teams to remain intact in the NBA after the 1976 ABA–NBA merger and are the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship. The franchise has won NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. As of May 2015, the Spurs had the highest winning percentage among active NBA franchises. As of April 2019, the Spurs have won 22 division titles since joining the NBA and have only missed the playoffs four times. From 1999–2000 to 2016–17, the Spurs won 50 games each season, setting a record of 18 consecutive 50-win seasons. In the 2018–19 season, the Spurs matched an NBA record for most consecutive playoff appearances with 22. The team's recent success coincides with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich, who has coached the team since 1996.

The Cars

The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek; bassist and singer Benjamin Orr; lead guitarist Elliot Easton; keyboardist Greg Hawkes; and drummer David Robinson.

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which flourished in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars' musical style by saying: "they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the '50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend."The Cars were named "Best New Artist" in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers' Poll and won "Video of the Year" for "You Might Think" at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. Their debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks. As of 2001, the Cars have sold over 23 million albums in the United States.

The band broke up in 1988, and Ocasek later discouraged talk of a reunion. Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. In 2005, Easton and Hawkes joined with Todd Rundgren to form a spin-off band, the New Cars, which performed classic Cars and Rundgren songs alongside new material. The original surviving members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, Move Like This, which was released in May 2011, followed by a short tour.In April 2018, The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and reunited once more to perform at the induction ceremony.

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