Robert Terrell Cummings is a former American basketball player who played professionally at the NBA league as a power forward. Cummings was born in Chicago, Illinois in United States of America. The 6’9” tall Cummings also played occasionally as a center for his team. He was drafted by the San Diego Clippers at the 1982 NBA draft in the 1st round as a second pick overall.
In his early years, Cummings was part of the Carver High School and later the DePaul University from where he graduated in 1982. At his college, he played basketball and finished with an average of 16.4 points per game from a total of more than 85 games. In his inaugural season with the Clippers, he was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year award for scoring 23.7 points per game along with 10.4 rebounds per game. This was to be his highest score for his entire playing career.
After two years, in September of 1984, Cummings was traded off to the Milwaukee Bucks with whom he played for another 5 seasons. While playing for the Bucks, Cummings was selected to play at the NBA All-Star Games for the 1984-85 season as well as the 1988-89 season. Cummings had established himself as a valuable player when he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he stayed from 1989-90 till 1994-95 and led his team to back-to-back 50 victories and playoff appearances.
In 1992, Cummings seriously injured his knee at a regular game and missed the first 74 games into the regular season while recovering from it. He could never perform as he could before the injury and his career went downhill from then on. Cummings returned to play for the Spurs and stayed till 1994-95 after which he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Later on, he changed many teams like the Seattle Supersonics, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and also the Golden State Warriors.
Cummings settled for a retirement from his pro-career after 1997-98 season after scoring 19,460 points with an average of 16.4 points per game. After his retirement, he enjoys a quiet life with his family of wife and three sons.