David Robinson

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Basketball player
David Robinson
David Robinson (Team USA) .jpg
Player information
Full name David Maurice Robinson
Nickname The admiral
birthday 6th August 1965 (age 55)
place of birth Key West , Florida , United States
size 216 cm
Weight 107 kg
position center
college US Naval Academy
NBA draft 1987 , 1st pick, San Antonio Spurs
Jersey number 50
Clubs as active
1989-2003 United StatesUnited States San Antonio Spurs
National team
1985-1996 United StatesUnited States United States 53 games

David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965 in Key West , Florida ) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career from 1989 to 2003 for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA .

Robinson is a ten-time NBA All-Star , one-time NBA Most Valuable Player , two-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist with the USA team . He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice, in 2009 for his career in the NBA and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team . Robinson is widely regarded as one of the best centers in basketball history.

Player career

Robinson only played a year of high school basketball at Osbourn Park in Manassas , Virginia . He attended the College of the Navy Academy until 1987 (hence his nickname "The Admiral"). He was a member of the US Olympic basketball team in Seoul in 1988 (bronze), in Barcelona in 1992 (gold) and in Atlanta in 1996 (gold). In addition, he played in 1987 at the Pan American Championships and the 1986 World Championships for the USA.

Robinson was chosen in 1987 by the San Antonio Spurs in first place in the NBA Draft , but was only used from the 1989/90 season , as he first wanted to complete his military training. He played for Spurs throughout his NBA career from 1989 to 2003. With this team he won the championship in the North American professional basketball league NBA in 1999 and 2003 . David Robinson has been named to the NBA All-Star Team ten times .

In the mid-1990s, the Admiral was undoubtedly one of the best basketball players in the world. In the 1993/94 season he had the highest points average of any NBA player, which he secured in the last game of the season on April 24, 1994 against the Los Angeles Clippers in a most impressive way by achieving his career high of 71 points (a value of even NBA legend Michael Jordan had never reached and was only outbid by Kobe Bryant with 81 in the 2005/06 season ). It was the highest point value for a single player since the 1977/78 season ( David Thompson , 73 points).

A year later in the 1994/95 season , Robinson made his Spurs the best team in the league and was therefore voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player . In the play-offs, the Spurs were then unhappy against the eventual champions from Houston .

However, he was only able to win an NBA championship with the support of Tim Duncan in 1999 . Since the Spurs now had two strong centers, the duo Robinson / Duncan was called the Twin Towers , based on the earlier twin towers of the Houston Rockets, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson . After winning the second championship ( 2002/03 ) David Robinson ended his active career on June 15, 2003.

On February 17, 1994, Robinson achieved something extraordinary. He was only the fourth player in NBA history to achieve double-digit values ​​in one game in four statistical categories (a so-called quadruple double ). Against the Detroit Pistons , he was able to record 35 points, 10 rebounds , 10 assists and 10 blocks . Previously, only Nate Thurmond (1974), Alvin Robertson (1986) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1990) achieved this little feat .

Awards and Achievements

In 1989/90 David Robinson was named NBA Rookie of the Year . He became the first player ever to win all of the Rookie of the Month awards. After him, only Tim Duncan (1997/98), LeBron James , Carmelo Anthony (both 2003/04), Chris Paul (2005/06), Damian Lillard (2012/13), Karl-Anthony Towns (2015/16) succeeded. and Luka Dončić (2018/19). Robinson was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 1994/95 season and NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1991/92 .

He was four times in the All-NBA First Team (1991, 1992, 1995 and 1996), twice in the All-NBA Second Team (1994 and 1998) and four times in the All-NBA Third Team (1990, 1993, 2000 and 2001) elected. In addition, he was elected four times to the NBA All-Defensive First Team (1991, 1992, 1995 and 1996) and four times to the All-Defensive Second Team (1990, 1993, 1994 and 1998). He was the first player in NBA history to be called up to both an All-NBA and an NBA All-Defensive team in each of his first seven seasons.

In 1996, David Robinson was named one of the 50 best NBA players of all time . In addition, he was named to the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2001 Robinson was honored with the NBA Sportsmanship Award , in 2003 with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award . This year he received, along with Tim Duncan, by the magazine Sports Illustrated election as Sportsman of the Year .

David Robinson's number 50 jersey is no longer awarded at the San Antonio Spurs in recognition of his accomplishments. In a solemn ceremony on November 10, 2003 during the game against the Utah Jazz , the jersey with his number was hung under the ceiling of the SBC Center .

On April 15, 2008 it was announced that Robinson would be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame on June 19 , a hall of fame for US Olympic athletes . The result of the vote, in which Robinson needed at least 18 of the 24 yes votes of the committee, was released on April 6th.

He was given an even greater honor in February 2009. He was announced as a finalist for 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class election. Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame with Michael Jordan , John Stockton, and Jerry Sloan . The eulogy at the ceremonial induction ceremony held on 11 September 2009. Larry Brown and George Gervin , both also members of the Hall of Fame are. In 2013 he was also accepted into the FIBA Hall of Fame .

Statistics and records

Robinson taking a free throw during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

In 987 regular season games (985 as a starter), Robinson averaged 21.1 points (with a hit rate of 51.8%), 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.41 steals and 2.99 blocks in 34.7 minutes per game. In 123 playoff games (all in the starting five ) he scored an average of 18.1 points (with a field throw rate of 47.9%), 10.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.23 steals and 2.54 Book blocks in 34.3 minutes per game.

In the history of the San Antonio Spurs , he holds the records for converted (6,035) and attempted free throws (8,201). In the NBA's all-time leaderboards, Robinson is sixth in blocks, 17th in transformed free throws, 39th in points and 30th in rebounds. He only needed 44 NBA games in his first season to score more than 1,000 points and get 500 rebounds; this still means a franchise record today. In the 1993/94 season , he delivered most of the Spurs assists, which was unusual for a "Big Man" (4.8). Among the Big Man of the nineties, only Larry Bird , Charles Barkley and Chris Webber were more skilled.

In the ten all-star games that Robinson played (three as a starter), he averaged 14.1 points (with a hit rate of 58.8%), 6.2 rebounds, 1.30 steals and 1.30 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game.

In 1990/91 Robinson led the league in rebounding (13.0 rebounds per game), 1991/92 in blocks (average 4.49 blocks), and 1994/95 in average points scored (29.8 points per game). On the last day of the season, he scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers and narrowly took the title from Shaquille O'Neal (29.3). Robinson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players in NBA history to win all of these titles.

Robinson also leads the all-time best lists of the United States at the Olympic Games in career points (270), -Rebounds (124) and -blocks (34) on.

Private life

Together with his wife Valerie, Robinson has three sons. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from the Naval Academy and plays the saxophone. Robinson often donates large amounts to charitable causes. David and Valerie established the David Robinson Foundation in November 1992 .

See also

Web links

Commons : David Robinson  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Ranking Top 10 Centers in NBA History. In: nba.com. Retrieved May 7, 2020 .
  2. ESPN.com - NBA - DAILY DIME: SPECIAL EDITION The game's greatest giants ever. In: espn.com. March 6, 2007, accessed May 7, 2020 .
  3. ^ NN: David Robinson Biography. On: NBA website; New York, NY, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2018 (in English).
  4. bizjournals.com: Spurs to retire Robinson's No. 50 jersey articles from September 8, 2003
  5. ^ NBA.com/Spurs, David Robinson Inducted Into The US Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 ; April 15, 2008
  6. ^ NBA.com/Spurs, David Robinson Named Finalist For Hall Of Fame ; February 13, 2009
  7. ^ NN: Jordan, Robinson, Stockton, Sloan elected to Hall of Fame. (NBA website, April 6, 2009) ( Memento of January 4, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  8. mysanantonio.com, Brown, Gervin to present 'Admiral' to Hall
  9. ^ NN: FIBA - 2013 Class of FIBA ​​Hall of Fame inducted. (FIBA website, June 19, 2013) ( Memento from June 26, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )