Oscar Robertson


G | 6-foot-5 | Charlotte, Tenn. | University of Cincinnati | #14

KEY FACTS:
12-time NBA All-Star
Became only player to average a triple-double in a season in 1962
1971 NBA Champion
CAREER STATS:
PPG: 25.7
RPG: 7.5
APG: 9.5

A man whose legacy is great enough to warrant retired jerseys in two cities and a statue of his likeness erected at the University of Cincinnati, the “Big O” was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Player of the Century and is considered by many to be among the best to ever play the game.

When Oscar Robertson landed at Cincinnati in the late 1950s, the country was on the brink of the Civil Rights era. For his part, the future Royals player became one of the first African-American player to play on the University of Cincinnati basketball team. Starring for the Bearcats, Robertson became a three-time All-American, while incurring death threats and various pranks when visiting other colleges.

Drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1960, it didn’t take long for Robertson to provide fodder for basketball folklore. He earned Rookie of the Year honors and averaged an astounding 30 points, 10 rebounds and nearly 10 assists per game in his first year. As a sequel to his stat-stuffing rookie campaign, Robertson became the first player to average a triple-double in an NBA season in his second year — an accomplishment that may never again be repeated.

More incredibly, in his first five NBA seasons, he averaged nearly a triple-double. Surprisingly, Robertson didn’t win a MVP award until 1964. During that season, the Royals reached the Eastern Conference Finals, but came up short against the Boston Celtics.

Though he was a perennial All-Star with the Royals and won All-Star MVP honors three times, Robertson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks before the start of the 1970-71 season. Including his years in college, he had spent 13 years in Cincinnati. The sudden change in scenery didn’t slow his production however, as the future Hall of Famer combined with Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to win a NBA Championship with the Bucks.

Robertson called it a career in 1974 at the age of 35. In addition to a Championship ring, his famous triple-double season and a MVP year, he made 12-straight All-Star Games and still graces NBA annals in several statistical categories. Currently, Robertson ranks 12th in total points, fifth in total assists and third in minutes played per game.

A player whose game was as well-rounded as the moniker for which he became known, Big O’s No. 14 hangs proudly from the Sleep Train Arena rafters.




CAREER SEASON AVERAGES
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
1960-61 Cincinnati 71 42.7 .473 .822 10.1 9.7 3.10 30.5
1961-62 Cincinnati 79 44.3 .478 .803 12.5 11.4 3.30 30.8
1962-63 Cincinnati 80 44.0 .518 .810 10.4 9.5 3.70 28.3
1963-64 Cincinnati 79 45.1 .483 .853 9.9 11.0 3.50 31.4
1964-65 Cincinnati 75 45.6 .480 .839 9.0 11.5 2.70 30.4
1965-66 Cincinnati 76 46.0 .475 .842 7.7 11.1 3.00 31.3
1966-67 Cincinnati 79 43.9 .493 .873 6.2 10.7 2.90 30.5
1967-68 Cincinnati 65 42.5 .500 .873 6.0 9.7 3.10 29.2
1968-69 Cincinnati 79 43.8 .486 .838 6.4 9.8 2.90 24.7
1969-70 Cincinnati 69 41.5 .511 .809 6.1 8.1 2.50 25.3
1970-71 Milwaukee 81 39.4 .496 .850 5.7 8.2 2.50 19.4
1971-72 Milwaukee 64 37.3 .472 .836 5.0 7.7 1.80 17.4
1972-73 Milwaukee 73 37.5 .454 .847 4.9 7.5 2.30 15.5
1973-74 Milwaukee 70 35.4 .438 .835 1.0 3.0 4.0 6.4 1.1 0.1 1.90 12.7
Career 1040 42.2 .485 .838 1.0 3.0 7.5 9.5 1.1 0.0 2.80 25.7
All-Star 12 9 31.7 .512 .714 5.8 6.8 3.40 20.5

CAREER SEASON TOTALS
Year Team G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
1960-61 Cincinnati 71 3,032 756-1,600 - 653-794 716 690 219 2,165
1961-62 Cincinnati 79 3,503 866-1,810 - 700-872 985 899 258 2,432
1962-63 Cincinnati 80 3,521 825-1,593 - 614-758 835 758 293 2,264
1963-64 Cincinnati 79 3,559 840-1,740 - 800-938 783 868 280 2,480
1964-65 Cincinnati 75 3,421 807-1,681 - 665-793 674 861 205 2,279
1965-66 Cincinnati 76 3,493 818-1,723 - 742-881 586 847 227 2,378
1966-67 Cincinnati 79 3,468 838-1,699 - 736-843 486 845 226 2,412
1967-68 Cincinnati 65 2,765 660-1,321 - 576-660 391 633 199 1,896
1968-69 Cincinnati 79 3,461 656-1,351 - 643-767 502 772 231 1,955
1969-70 Cincinnati 69 2,865 647-1,267 - 454-561 422 558 175 1,748
1970-71 Milwaukee 81 3,194 592-1,193 - 385-453 462 668 203 1,569
1971-72 Milwaukee 64 2,390 419-887 - 276-330 323 491 116 1,114
1972-73 Milwaukee 73 2,737 446-983 - 238-281 360 551 167 1,130
1973-74 Milwaukee 70 2,477 338-772 - 212-254 71 208 279 446 77 4 132 888
Career 1040 43,886 9,508-19,620 - 7,694-9,185 71 208 7,804 9,887 77 4 2,931 26,710
All-Star 12 9 380 88-172 - 70-98 69 81 41 246