Spotlight: David Robinson

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

David “The Admiral” Robinson was one of the best players to ever play for the San Antonio Spurs. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft played center for the Spurs his entire career.

Robinson, who spent time as an officer in the United States Navy, was a 10-time NBA All-Star. He also was the 1995 NBA MVP and a two-time NBA Champion.

David Robinson with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after winning the NBA Championship

David Robinson with the Larry O’Brien Trophy (Getty Images)

He also won Olympic Gold twice in 1992 and 1996. Robinson is also in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice, first as a player in 2009. Then, as a member of the 1992 USA Men’s Olympic team, which was inducted in 2010.

He is the only Navy player, who played in the NBA. He retired from the league after winning the 2003 NBA Championship.

Robinson has his No. 50 retired by the Spurs. He also was a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team.

Robinson played in 987 games and made 985 starts in his career. He averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game.

In ten All-Star games, he averaged 14.1 points. He also averaged 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks.

Robinson averaged a career-low 8.5 points per game in 64 starts during the Spurs 2002-03 championship season. He also averaged 7.9 points, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game.

He averaged a career-high 29.8 points per game during the 1993-94 season. That season, he also averaged 10.7 rebounds, a career-high 4.8 assists, 1.7 steals, and 3.3 blocks per game.

He ended his career with 20,790 points. Robinson also completed his career with 10,497 rebounds and 2,954 blocks.

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