Francisco Elson

Team Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks
Born Feb 28, 1976
Nationality Netherlands Netherlands
Team History
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 2003 - present

Francisco Marinho Robby Elson is a professional basketball player from the Netherlands although, originally, he hails from Surinam. Elson was born in Holland to Surinamese parents and specializes as a center. Elson was only 12 when he began playing at AMVJ Rotterdam. Two years later, he decided to stop playing all of a sudden, however, his gym teacher insisted on him returning to the club.

So at 16, Elson returned to AMVJ Rotterdam. However, he mostly started on the bench for the team. When on court, his exploits were strong enough to warrant a call-up to the Dutch Under-20 team. The same year, he decided to move to the United States to pursue his education as well as love for basketball. Elson attended the Kilgore Junior College and played for their team for two years before graduating and joining the University of California at Berkeley.

Elson didn’t make much impact in college until his senior year where he helped the team reach the summit of the NIT Championships. He graduated out of college in 1999 and was picked by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA Draft’s second round. However, to gain some experience, the Nuggets decided that before Elson was ready to play in the NBA, he needed to gain some exposure elsewhere.

So Elson moved to Spain where he played for two seasons with FC Barcelona. While his first season had a 3.4 and 3.9 average in points and rebounds per game, he raised his level in the second year to 6.9 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. His playing time had also increased from 32 games to 34. For the 2001-02 season, Elson moved to Pamesa Valencia where he dropped on all stats. Averaging just 4.1 points per game with 4.4 rebounds, Elson moved to Caja San Fernando in 2002-03 where he had a wonderful season.

After averaging 9.7 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game, Elson was called back to the NBA by the Denver Nuggets. Elson started slowly again, barely getting enough on-court time. Scoring at just 3.6 points per game with 3.1 rebounds, Elson began getting accustomed to the style of play in the NBA. By his third season, Elson was firmly placed in the lineup, starting 54 games out of the 72 he appeared in. Averaging 4.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, Elson was getting almost 22 minutes of playing time.

In the 2004 playoff series, Elson stepped into fame after physically containing Kevin Garnett. A hard foul sent Garnett into the seats behind the basket while Garnett later retaliated with an elbow into the groin.

In 2006, Elson signed up with the San Antonio Spurs for a 2-year, $6 million contract.

With the Spurs, Elson went on to achieve the highest rebound-average of his career so far, 4.8 per game. His scoring average was also at an all-time high at 5.0 per game as he played 70 games in his first season with the Spurs. In his second season, he was not used as much and just started 3 of his 41 games that season. His averages fell below 4 again and he was on his way out of San Antonio. Midway through the 2007-08 season, Elson was traded out to the Seattle Supersonics.

Elson played out the remainder of the season with the Supersonics and had 22 games on court.

At the end of the season, Elson signed a 2-year, $3 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks and his role will be to act as a backup to Andrew Bogut.

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