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David Robinson
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David Robinson

Position: Center Olympic #: 7
Born: 8/6/65 (Key West, Fla.) College: U.S. Naval Academy
Height: 7’1” Weight: 235 lbs.

Regarded as one of the top centers of his era, if not of all time, David “the Admiral” Robinson is a marvel of a basketball player and a respected figure off the court. A lean, muscular, 7-foot-1 athlete, he is fast, strong and agile. In his first six NBA seasons he won a Rookie of the Year Award, a rebounding title, a scoring crown, a Most Valuable Player Award, a Defensive Player of the Year Award, six All-Star selections, three selections to the All-NBA First Team, and three selections to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Along with Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal, Robinson has staked his claim as one of the best active centers in the NBA.

He’s also living proof of the old adage that good things come to those who wait. A 1987 graduate with a mathematics degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, Robinson honored a commitment to serve two years in the Navy before joining the NBA.

He was the best thing that ever happened to Navy basketball. A 6-foot-4 player with one year of prep experience when he joined the team, he averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds as a freshman. He grew 7 inches while at the Academy and became a devastating force. As a junior, he averaged 22.7 points (down from 23.6 as a sophomore), led the nation in rebounding (13.0 rpg), and set an NCAA Division I record by averaging 5.91 blocks. He blocked 14 shots in a single game that season to set a collegiate record, and he tallied more blocks in a season (207) than any player in the history of college basketball. As a senior, he averaged 28.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.50 blocks to win unanimous selection as Player of the Year. He also played on the 1988 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

The San Antonio Spurs selected Robinson with the number one pick in the 1987 NBA Draft. After his two years of military service, he joined the Spurs in 1989-90 and earned Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 24.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.89 blocks and shooting .531 from the field. San Antonio had posted a 21-61 record in 1988-89, but in Robinson’s rookie year the Spurs went 56-26 and captured the Midwest Division title. The 35-game improvement marked the greatest single-season turnaround in NBA history.

Robinson’s numbers were similar in each of the next three seasons as he took his place among the best in the league. His achievements included All-NBA First Team selections in 1991 and 1992, an All-NBA Third Team spot in 1993, and NBA All-Defensive First Team berths in 1991 and 1992. He led the league in blocked shots in 1991-92 at 4.49 per game. Robinson appeared in his second Olympics as a member of the original Dream Team in Barcelona in 1992, and has the opportunity to become the first male to represent the USA in a third Olympic basketball competition in Atlanta.

But the best was yet to come. Robinson scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on the last day of the 1993-94 season to win the NBA scoring title at 29.8 points per game. (Shaquille O’Neal finished at 29.3). The next year, 1994-95, Robinson averaged 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 3.23 blocks; paced the Spurs to the NBA’s best record at 62-20; and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. The Spurs advanced to the conference finals before losing to Hakeem Olajuwon’s Houston Rockets, who went on to dispatch O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals.

Leading San Antonio in 1995-96 to a 59-23 regular season record, Robinson played in all 82 games and continued his dominating play, averaging 25.0 points per game (fifth best in the NBA), 12.2 rebounds per game (second best in the NBA), 3.30 blocks (third best in the NBA), while shooting .516 percent from the field (20th best in the NBA).

Robinson is the most internationally experienced member of the 1996 USA Team. Having played on the 1986 USA World Championship Team that captured a gold medal (13.1 ppg., 6.8 rpg.)and the 1987 silver medal USA Pan American Games Team (14.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.), Robinson's last two experiences have been at the Olympics. In 1988 he was part of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. Olympic squad (12.8 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) and in 1992 he was a member of the gold-medal-winning original Dream Team (9.0 ppg., 4.1 rpg.). Already among an elite group of two-time U.S. Olympic basketball players, he could become the first male to ever represent the USA in three Olympic basketball competitions.

NBA Regular-Season Record (All with San Antonio)
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
‘89-‘90 82 690/1300 .531 0-2 .000 613/837 .732 983/12.0 1993/24.3 164 138 319
‘90-‘91 82 754-1366 .552 1-7 .143 592-777 .762 *1063/13.0 2101/25.6 208 127 *320
‘91-‘92 68 592-1074 .551 1-8 .125 393-561 .701 829/12.2 1578/23.2 181 158 *305
‘92-‘93 82 676-1348 .501 3-17 .176 561-766 .732 956/11.7 1916/23.4 301 127 264
‘93-‘94 80 840-1658 .507 10-29 .345 *693-*925 .749 855/10.7 *2383*29.8 381 139 265
‘94-‘95 81 788-1487 .530 6-20 .300 656-847 .774 877/10.8 2238/27.6 236 134 262
'95-'96 82 711-1378 .516 3- 9 .333 626- 823 .761 1000/12.2 2051/ 25.0 247 111 271
Totals 557 5051-9611 .526 24-92 .261 4134-5536 .746 6921/12.4 14260/25.6 1718 934 2006
  * Led league

USA Basketball Record
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
‘86 WCOB 10 53-97 .546 0-0 .000 25-52 .481 68/6.8 131/13.1 1 15 25
‘87 Pan Am 7 36-62 .581 0-0 .000 26-40 .650 63/9.0 98/14.0 9 9 15
‘88 Olympics 8 40-69 .580 0-0 .000 22-30 .733 54/6.8 102/12.8 7 9 19
‘92 Olympics 8 27-47 .574 0-0 .000 18-26 .692 33/4.1 72/9.0 7 14 12
Olympic Totals 16 67-116 .578 0-0 .000 40-56 .714 87/5.4 180/11.2 14 23 31

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