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David Robinson

2X
NBA Champion
10x
NBA All-Star
1X
NBA MVP
10X
All-NBA
1X
Defensive Player of the Year

Things to Know


The personification of power and grace.

Before there was Tim Duncan, there was David "The Admiral" Robinson. The legendary San Antonio Spurs center averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds over his 14-year career, laying the groundwork for the Spurs to become a dynasty. He won two NBA championships, an MVP award and was a 10-time All-NBA selection in his career.

Career
After a successful collegiate career in the U.S. Naval Academy, Robinson was selected No. 1 overall by the Spurs in the 1987 Draft. Robinson officially joined the Spurs in 1989 after fulfilling his active-duty obligation with the Navy.

As a rookie, Robinson more than delivered, averaging 24.3 ppg and 12.0 rpg as the Spurs went 21-61 in 1988-89 to 56-26. Robinson led the Spurs on their longest playoff run since 1983 and got them within a game of the Western Conference finals while posting 24.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 4.0 bpg in his first playoffs.

Robinson used his strong rookie season to establish himself as one of the NBA's best and hit his stride in 1991-92. That season, he became only the third player in NBA history, along with Larry Bird (1985-86) and Cliff Hagan (1959-60), to rank among the league's top 10 in five statistical categories. He averaged 23.2 ppg (seventh), 12.2 rpg (fourth), 55.1% field goal percentage (seventh), 2.32 spg (fifth) and 4.49 bpg (first).

In 1992, he was named Defensive Player of the Year and named to the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team, which won the gold medal in Barcelona. In 1994, he averaged a career-high 29.8 points to claim the NBA scoring title, getting it in grand fashion by scoring 71 points on the season's final day to hold off Shaquille O'Neal for the crown.

The 1994-95 season was perhaps Robinson's best individual season overall. He averaged 27.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.9 apg and 3.2 bpg all while guiding San Antonio to an NBA-best and franchise-record 62-20 finish. Those feats netted him his lone MVP award, becoming the first Spurs player to collect that honor.

Along with all the individual accolades, Robinson achieved a lot of team success during the first half of his career. He led San Antonio to seven consecutive playoff appearances from 1990-96. But the Spurs kept failing to make it out of a tough Western Conference and couldn't get over the championship hump.

After making the playoffs from 1990-96 behind Robinson, San Antonio's playoff streak ended when he broke his foot early in the 1996-97 campaign. That caused him to eventually miss 76 games as the Spurs fell to 20-62. However, that bad season helped San Antonio secure a spot in the Draft lottery, where it landed Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997.

Robinson and Duncan teamed up for their first title during the lockout-shortened 1999-00 season. That season, the Spurs finished with a league-best 37-12 record and the big man combination helped San Antonio steamroll through the playoffs. They then ousted the New York Knicks in five games to capture the franchise's first NBA title. Robinson got another title in 2003 -- his final season -- as the Spurs dropped the then New Jersey Nets in Game 6 as he played a key defensive role in that series.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: David Robinson

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: David Robinson

David Robinson

High Tops: David Robinson's Best Defensive Plays

Stats


21.1
PPG
10.6
RPG
2.5
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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2002-03SAS376426.18.53.16.646.90.00.00.02.43.371.02.55.47.91.00.81.71.32.0
2001-02SAS367829.612.24.48.650.70.00.00.03.45.168.12.45.88.31.21.11.81.32.5
2000-01SAS358029.614.45.010.348.60.00.00.04.45.974.72.66.08.61.51.02.51.52.7
1999-00SAS348032.017.86.612.951.20.00.00.04.66.472.62.47.29.61.81.22.32.13.1
1998-99SAS334931.715.85.510.850.90.00.00.04.97.465.83.07.010.02.11.42.42.22.9
1997-98SAS327333.721.67.514.651.10.00.125.06.69.073.53.37.310.62.70.92.62.82.8
1996-97SAS31624.517.76.012.050.00.00.00.05.78.765.43.25.38.51.31.01.01.31.5
1995-96SAN308236.825.08.716.851.60.00.133.37.610.076.13.98.312.23.01.43.32.33.2
1994-95SAN298138.027.69.718.453.00.10.230.08.110.577.42.97.910.82.91.73.22.92.8
1993-94SAN288040.529.810.520.750.70.10.434.58.711.674.93.07.710.74.81.73.33.22.9
1992-93SAN278239.223.48.216.450.10.00.217.66.89.373.22.88.911.73.71.53.22.92.9
1991-92SAN266837.723.28.715.855.10.00.112.55.88.370.13.88.412.22.72.34.52.73.2
1990-91SAN258237.725.69.216.755.20.00.114.37.29.576.24.18.913.02.51.53.93.33.2
1989-90SAN248236.624.38.415.953.10.00.00.07.510.273.23.78.312.02.01.73.93.13.2
Overall98734.721.17.514.451.80.00.125.06.18.373.63.17.510.62.51.43.02.42.9
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.