David Robinson is a former professional basketball player who used to play in the National Basketball Association. He is a two-time NBA Champion and in 2001, he was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award. Robinson has also been named an NBA All-Star 10 times in his career. After he retired in 2003, the San Antonio Spurs retired Jersey No.50 in his honor. Robinson has also been named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also named to the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Player Profile and Personal Life
David Maurice Robinson was born on August 6, 1965, in Key West, Florida. He stands 216 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 113 kg. His parents are Freda and Ambrose. His father served in the US Navy and Robinson and his family moved around a good deal when he was younger before they eventually settled in Woodbridge, Virginia.
High School and College Career
Robinson attended the Osbourn Park High School just outside Washington. He later went on to attend the United States Naval Academy. He is considered one of the best players in the US Naval Academy’s history. He attended the Academy from 1983 to 1987.
While there, he was named the CAA Player of the year from 1985 to 1987. He was also named the CAA Rookie of the Year in 1984. In 1987, he was also named the National College Player of the Year.
Robinson turned pro in 1987 and was drafted into the NBA by the San Antonio Spurs. He was the first overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. In his first year with the team, he was named the 1990 NBA Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Also in 1990, Robinson was named an NBA All-Star for the first time. He will be named an All-Star again 10 more times throughout his career. In 1995, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player and in 1999, he won his first NBA Championship with the Spurs. He won his second championship ring in 2003, the year he retired.
In 2003, he was named by Sports Illustrated as the Sportsman of the Year. The Spurs also honored Robinson by retiring Jersey No.50.
In addition to his career with the NBA, Robinson also represented the United States several times in the Olympics. He was part of the 1997 and 1992 teams that won Gold Medals for men’s basketball. He also has a bronze medal from the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
- 1999, 2003 - NBA champion
- 1995 - NBA Most Valuable Player(1995)
- 1990–1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 - NBAAll-Star
- 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 - All-NBAFirst Team
- 1994, 1998 - All-NBA Second Team
- 1990, 1993, 2000, 2001 - All-NBAThird Team
- 1992 - NBA Defensive Player of theYear
- 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 - NBAAll-Defensive First Team
- 1990, 1993, 1994, 1998 - NBAAll-Defensive Second Team
- 1990, 1991, 1994–1996 - IBM Award
- 2001 - NBA Sportsmanship Award
- 2003 - J. Walter Kennedy CitizenshipAward
- 1994 - NBA scoring champion
- 1991 - NBA rebounding leader
- 1992 - NBA blocks leader
- 1990 - NBA Rookie of the Year
1990 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
- NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
- No. 50 retired by San Antonio Spurs
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of theYear (2003)
- 1986, 1987 - NCAA blocks leader
1986 - NCAA rebounding leader
- 1987 - National college player ofthe year
- 1987 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
- 1986 - Consensus second-teamAll-American
- 1985–1987 - CAA Player of the Year
- 1985–1987 - First-team All-CA
- 1987 - CAA All-Defensive Team
- 1984 - CAA Rookie of the Year
1986 - USA Basketball Male Athleteof the Year
- Basketball Hall of Fame - 2009
- FIBA Hall of Fame
- Gold - 1992 Barcelona Olympics
- Gold - 1996 Atlanta Olympics
- Bronze - 1988 Seoul Olympics
- Gold - 1986 Spain WorldChampionships
- Silver - 1987 Indianapolis PanAmerican Games
- Gold - 1992 Portland FIBA AmericasChampionship