The Bullets will get their first regular season look at Truck Robinson in a New Orleans Jazz uniform tonight when the teams meet at 8:35 in the Superdome.
Robinson was traded by the Bullets to Atlanta last year and then signed with New Orleans as a free agent during the offseason for $300,000 a year.
He is off to a splendid start, leading the NBA in rebounds (18 a game) while ranking behind Pete Maravich as the leading Jazz scorer.
New Orleans likewise is playing surprisingly well. The Jazz, under coach Elgin Baylor, has a 6-2 record and currently is fighting Atlanta for first place in the Central Division.
Robinson scored 31 points in a game against the Bullets late last season. He relishes defending Elvin Hayes, the man he says would never give him the ball when he was with Washington.
Maravich and either Gail Goodrich, coming back from a knee injury, or Fred Boyd start at guard for the Jazz. Rich Kelley, backed up by Joe C. Merriweather, is the center, while Robinson and second-year man Paul Griffin from Western Michigan complete the frontcourt.
The Bullets, who played at Houston last night, snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Phoenix, 113-96, Friday at Capital Centre.
Washington committed 33 turnovers, 20 in the first half, but got 24 points from Bob Dandridge, who hit his last nine shots, and 21 from Mitch Kupchak to subdue the Suns, who were playing without injured Paul Westphal.
The Bullets broke open the game by scoring eight straight points midway through the fourth quarter. Their fast break was effective in the second half, with Dandridge breaking away for easy baskets at the end of Wes Unseld outlet passes.