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Oscar Robertson

1X
NBA Champion
12X
NBA All-Star
3X
NBA All-Star Game MVP
1X
NBA MVP
1X
Rookie of the Year
11X
All-NBA

Things to Know


The skillful paradigm of versatility.

At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Robertson was the NBA's first big guard and the first player in league history to average a triple-double for a season. An All-NBA and All-Star performer throughout his career, Robertson was an MVP and the leader of the Milwaukee Bucks' first championship team in 1971.

Robertson was one of the most dominant rookies in NBA history. He averaged 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and an NBA-high 9.7 assists to win the Rookie of the Year. Plus, he won his first All-Star Game MVP and earned his first of nine straight spots on the All-NBA First Team (1961-69).

Career
After attending the University of Cincinnati, Robertson was selected by the Cincinnati Royals with a territorial pick in the 1960 Draft. The territorial pick was used between 1950-66 to allow teams to forfeit their first-round Draft pick in order to select a player who attended college within a 50-mile radius of the NBA franchise.

Robertson revolutionized the game with his combination of size, quickness and playmaking ability. He led the NBA in assists during seven of his 14 seasons in the league and he was the first guard in NBA history to average 10-plus rebounds in a season (1960-63).

In addition to his passing skills, ‘The Big O’ was an elite scorer who averaged 30-plus points in five of his six seasons in the NBA. He retired with shooting averages of 48.5% from the field and 83.8% from the free throw line.

Prior to Russell Westbrook, Robertson was the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season (1961-62). He averaged a triple-double (30.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 10.6 assists) over his first five seasons in the NBA (1961-65).

He was incredibly durable throughout his career, never playing fewer than 64 games in a season. During his 10 seasons with Cincinnati, he averaged 44.0 minutes over 752 games.

Robertson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1970, teaming up with future NBA all-time scoring leader Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). The pairing is regarded as one of the most dominant guard-center combos in NBA history.

The duo had quick success as they led Milwaukee to a 66-16 record and the NBA championship during their first season together in 1970-71. The Bucks returned to The Finals in Robertson’s final season in the NBA in 1974, but the team fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games.

Robertson retired as the NBA’s all-time leader in assists (9,887) and 2nd all-time in points (26,710) behind Wilt Chamberlain. He received the “Player of the Century” award from the National Basketball Coaches Association in 2000.

In 1970, when Robertson was president of the National Basketball Players Association, he played a key role in the ushering in of modern NBA free agency. The NBPA filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA that challenged the ABA-NBA merger, the legality of the Draft and the NBA's reserve clause that prohibited free agency. In 1976, the suit was filed and the NBA reached a settlement that helped pave the way for free agency.

His No. 14 uniform is retired by the Sacramento Kings (formerly the Royals) and his No. 1 uniform is retired by the Bucks.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Oscar Robertson

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Oscar Robertson

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Stats


25.7
PPG
7.5
RPG
9.5
APG
181
Triple-Doubles (2nd All-Time)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1973-74MIL357035.412.74.811.043.8---3.03.683.51.03.04.06.41.10.1-1.9
1972-73MIL347337.515.56.113.545.4---3.33.884.7--4.97.5---2.3
1971-72MIL336437.317.46.513.947.2---4.35.283.6--5.07.7---1.8
1970-71MIL328139.419.47.314.749.6---4.85.685.0--5.78.2---2.5
1969-70CIN316941.525.39.418.451.1---6.68.180.9--6.18.1---2.5
1968-69CIN307943.824.78.317.148.6---8.19.783.8--6.49.8---2.9
1967-68CIN296542.529.210.220.350.0---8.910.287.3--6.09.7---3.1
1966-67CIN287943.930.510.621.549.3---9.310.787.3--6.210.7---2.9
1965-66CIN277646.031.310.822.747.5---9.811.684.2--7.711.1---3.0
1964-65CIN267545.630.410.822.448.0---8.910.683.9--9.011.5---2.7
1963-64CIN257945.131.410.622.048.3---10.111.985.3--9.911.0---3.5
1962-63CIN248044.028.310.319.951.8---7.79.581.0--10.49.5---3.7
1961-62CIN237944.330.811.022.947.8---8.911.080.3--12.511.4---3.3
1960-61CIN227142.730.510.622.547.3---9.211.282.2--10.19.7---3.1
Overall104042.225.79.118.948.5---7.48.883.81.03.07.59.51.10.1-2.8
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.