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TBT: David Robinson turns 50

A look back at Hall of Famer David Robinson's career

POSTED: Aug 6, 2015 6:47 AM ET

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on NBA.com and NBA TV.

Each week, we'll delve into the NBA's photo archives to uncover great images from way back when and, starting this summer, NBA TV will join in on the fun, airing the best games related to our topic for that week.

Today's Topic: David Robinson turns 50

From his time as a standout at the U.S. Naval Academy to the end of an NBA career in 2003 that was spent entirely with the San Antonio Spurs, center David Robinson was one of the most graceful, athletic players to ever play the position. In his NBA career, Robinson was named Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, NBA MVP and was a 10-time All-Star as well. He won two championships with the Spurs and was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back on Robinson's career as he turns 50 years old today as well:

Photo Gallery: David Robinson's career

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David Robinson's Hall of Fame career is examined.

One of the best players in NBA history, Hall of Famer David Robinson was a marvel on the court and a respected figure off the court. A lean, muscular, 7-foot-1 athlete, Robinson was fast, strong and agile. In his first six NBA seasons, Robinson won Rookie of the Year, NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards, in addition to a rebounding title, a scoring crown, six All-Star bids, three selections to the All-NBA First Team and three selections to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Watch NBA TV on Thursday to relive some of his best NBA moments:

On NBA TV:

  • 10:30 a.m. ET -- Trail Blazers vs. Spurs, 1993 West First Round, Game 4 -- Despite the Trail Blazers having six players in double figures, the Spurs led by Dale Ellis (21 pts) and David Robinson (20 pts, 17 reb, 11 assists, and 7 blocks) pulled out the victory in overtime.
  • 12:30 p.m. ET -- Suns vs. Spurs, 1996 West First Round, Game 2 -- David Robinson explodes with 41 points and 21 rebounds to lift San Antonio to victory.
  • 2:30 p.m. ET -- Spurs vs. Knicks, 1999 NBA Finals, Game 5 -- David Robinson and Tim Duncan lead the Spurs to their first NBA championship in franchise history.
  • 4 p.m. ET -- Nets vs. Spurs, 2003 NBA Finals, Game 6 -- Tim Duncan's performance (21 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists) and a solid game from David Robinson leads the Spurs to the 2003 NBA championship.
  • 6 p.m. ET -- Suns vs. Spurs, 1996 West First Round, Game 2 -- David Robinson explodes with 41 points and 21 rebounds to lift San Antonio to victory.