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Full Name: David Maurice Robinson Primary Position: C
First Game: November 4, 1989 Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Last Game: June 15, 2003 Birthplace: Key West, Florida
NBA Experience: 14 years College: United States Naval Academy


Biography

David Robinson joined the Spurs for the 1989-90 season, and he helped the team produce the second greatest single season turnaround in NBA history (the Spurs also hold the record for greatest turnaround, in 1997-98, after drafting Tim Duncan). The Spurs went from 21-61 in the 1988-89 NBA season to 56-26 in 1989-90, 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 western conference champions, the Portland Trail Blazers. Following the 1989-90 season, he was named the NBA rookie of the year, and subsequently SEGA produced a game featuring him entitled David Robinson's Supreme Court.

In the succeeding years, the Spurs kept making the NBA playoffs, but not winning the championship. 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 scoring champion with Shaquille O'Neal, and by the last game of the season, he scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to win it.

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. Still, from 1991 to 1998, the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets thwarted Robinson's quest to claim the NBA championship that he desired so much to win. The losses against the Rockets were particularly painful for Robinson because the Rockets' center at this time was his rival, Hakeem Olajuwon, who to his own admission, outplayed him in the series. Robinson's NBA title dreams seemed to vanish when he was seriously injured in 1997, and the Spurs subsequently fell to a dismal 20–62 record. However, his injury proved to be a blessing in disguise: due to their dismal season record in 1997, the Spurs enjoyed the first pick in the next year's college draft, and with it they selected Tim Duncan, who would become in subsequent years the final key to their quest for an NBA title.

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Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1990 SAS 82 81 3002 690 1300 .531 0 2 .000 613 837 .732 303 680 983 164 138 319 257 259 1993
1991 SAS 82 81 3095 754 1366 .552 1 7 .143 592 777 .762 335 728 1063 208 127 320 270 264 2101
1992 SAS 68 68 2564 592 1074 .551 1 8 .125 393 561 .701 261 568 829 181 158 305 182 219 1578
1993 SAS 82 82 3211 676 1348 .501 3 17 .176 561 766 .732 229 727 956 301 127 264 241 239 1916
1994 SAS 80 80 3421 840 1658 .507 10 29 .345 693 925 .749 241 614 855 381 139 265 253 228 2383
1995 SAS 81 81 3074 788 1487 .530 6 20 .300 656 847 .774 234 643 877 236 134 262 233 230 2238
1996 SAS 82 82 3019 711 1378 .516 3 9 .333 626 823 .761 319 681 1000 247 111 271 190 262 2051
1997 SAS 6 6 147 36 72 .500 0 0 .000 34 52 .654 19 32 51 8 6 6 8 9 106
1998 SAS 73 73 2457 544 1065 .511 1 4 .250 485 660 .735 239 536 775 199 64 192 202 204 1574
1999 SAS 49 49 1554 268 527 .509 0 1 .000 239 363 .658 148 344 492 103 69 119 108 143 775
2000 SAS 80 80 2557 528 1031 .512 0 2 .000 371 511 .726 193 577 770 142 97 183 164 247 1427
2001 SAS 80 80 2371 400 823 .486 0 1 .000 351 470 .747 208 483 691 116 80 197 122 212 1151
2002 SAS 78 78 2303 341 672 .507 0 0 .000 269 395 .681 191 456 647 94 86 140 104 193 951
2003 SAS 64 64 1676 197 420 .469 0 0 .000 152 214 .710 163 345 508 61 52 111 83 126 546
Career 987 985 34271 7365 14221 .518 25 100 .250 6035 8201 .736 3083 7414 10497 2441 1388 2954 2417 2835 20790

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1990 SAS 82 81 36.6 8.4 15.9 .531 0.0 0.0 .000 7.5 10.2 .732 3.7 8.3 12.0 2.0 1.7 3.9 3.1 3.2 24.3
1991 SAS 82 81 37.7 9.2 16.7 .552 0.0 0.1 .143 7.2 9.5 .762 4.1 8.9 13.0 2.5 1.5 3.9 3.3 3.2 25.6
1992 SAS 68 68 37.7 8.7 15.8 .551 0.0 0.1 .125 4.8 8.3 .701 3.8 8.4 12.2 2.7 2.3 4.5 2.7 3.2 23.2
1993 SAS 82 82 39.2 8.2 16.4 .501 0.0 0.2 .176 6.8 9.3 .732 2.8 8.9 11.7 3.7 1.5 3.2 2.9 2.9 23.4
1994 SAS 80 80 40.5 10.5 20.7 .507 0.1 0.4 .345 8.7 11.6 .749 3.0 7.7 10.7 4.8 1.7 3.3 3.2 2.9 29.8
1995 SAS 81 81 38.0 9.7 18.4 .530 0.1 0.2 .300 8.1 10.5 .774 2.9 7.9 10.8 2.9 1.7 3.2 2.9 2.8 27.6
1996 SAS 82 82 36.8 8.7 16.8 .516 0.0 0.1 .333 7.6 10.0 .761 3.9 8.3 12.2 3.0 1.4 3.3 2.3 3.2 25.0
1997 SAS 6 6 24.5 6.0 12.0 .500 0.0 0.0 .000 5.7 8.7 .654 3.2 5.3 8.5 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.5 17.7
1998 SAS 73 73 33.7 7.5 14.6 .511 0.0 0.1 .250 6.6 9.0 .735 3.3 7.3 10.6 2.7 0.9 2.6 2.8 2.8 21.6
1999 SAS 49 49 31.7 5.5 10.8 .509 0.0 0.0 .000 4.9 7.4 .658 3.0 7.0 10.0 2.1 1.4 2.4 2.2 2.9 15.8
2000 SAS 80 80 32.0 6.6 12.9 .512 0.0 0.0 .000 4.6 6.4 .726 2.4 7.2 9.6 1.8 1.2 2.3 2.1 3.1 17.8
2001 SAS 80 80 29.6 5.0 10.3 .486 0.0 0.0 .000 4.4 5.9 .747 2.6 6.0 8.6 1.5 1.0 2.5 1.5 2.7 14.4
2002 SAS 78 78 29.5 4.4 8.6 .507 0.0 0.0 .000 3.4 5.1 .681 2.4 5.8 8.3 1.2 1.1 1.8 1.3 2.5 12.2
2003 SAS 64 64 26.2 3.1 6.6 .469 0.0 0.0 .000 2.4 3.3 .710 2.5 5.4 7.9 1.0 0.8 1.7 1.3 2.0 8.5
Career 987 985 34.7 7.5 14.4 .518 0.0 0.1 .250 6.1 8.3 .736 3.1 7.5 10.6 2.5 1.4 3.0 2.4 2.9 21.1

Awards and Accomplishments

His list of awards and accomplishments is long and include a number of records as well as sharing a number of distinctions with very few other luminaries of the game; for his on the court play, he was named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

  • NBA Champion (1999, 2003)
  • NBA MVP (1995)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1990)
  • All-NBA First Team (1991, '92, '95, '96)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1994, '98)
  • All-NBA Third Team (1990, '93, 2000, '01)
  • All-Defensive First Team (1991, '92, '95, '96)
  • All-Defensive Second Team (1990, '93, '94, '98)
  • 10-time NBA All-Star
  • Only player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding, blocked Shots, and scoring, as well as win the Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and MVP
  • One of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double
  • NBA Sportsmanship Award (2001)
  • Third player in NBA history to rank among the league's top 10 in five categories (7th in scoring (23.2 ppg), 4th in rebounding (12.2 rpg), 1st in blocks (4.49 per game), 5th in steals (2.32 per game) and 7th in field-goal percentage (.551))
  • First player in NBA history to rank among the top five in rebounding, blocks, and steals (per game) in a single season
  • Fourth player ever to score 70+ in an NBA game
  • 3-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996)
  • Led NBA in Scoring (1993–94 season) - 29.8 ppg
  • Led NBA in Rebounding (1990–91 season) - 13.0 rpg
  • Led NBA in Blocked Shots (1991–92 season) - 4.49 bpg
  • Holds record for most IBM Awards (1990, '91, '94, '95, '96)
  • His 10,497 rebounds and 2,954 blocked shots are the most by any player wearing a San Antonio Spurs jersey, and his 20,790 points are second most behind only George Gervin's 23,602. (Had only Gervin's NBA numbers been taken into account, Robinson would be #1 in this category; Gervin scored 4,219 of his points while the franchise was in the American Basketball Association.)
  • Gold Medal in Basketball World Championship (1986)
  • Member of Dream Team #1 during Olympic Games at Barcelona, and Dream Team #2 during the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Played in more Olympic Games as a men's basketball player than any other individual in U.S. History.


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