Cliff Robinson (basketball, born 1966)

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Clifford Robinson
Personal information
Born(1966-12-16) December 16, 1966 (age 47)
Buffalo, New York
NationalityAmerican
Career information
High schoolRiverside (Buffalo, New York)
CollegeConnecticut (1985–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career1989–2007
PositionForward / Center
Number3, 30
Career history
19891997Portland Trail Blazers
19972001Phoenix Suns
20012003Detroit Pistons
20032005Golden State Warriors
20052007New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points19,591 (14.6 ppg)
Rebounds6,306 (4.6 rpg)
Assists3,094 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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For the 1980s basketball player, see Cliff Robinson (basketball, born 1960).
Clifford Robinson
Personal information
Born(1966-12-16) December 16, 1966 (age 47)
Buffalo, New York
NationalityAmerican
Career information
High schoolRiverside (Buffalo, New York)
CollegeConnecticut (1985–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career1989–2007
PositionForward / Center
Number3, 30
Career history
19891997Portland Trail Blazers
19972001Phoenix Suns
20012003Detroit Pistons
20032005Golden State Warriors
20052007New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points19,591 (14.6 ppg)
Rebounds6,306 (4.6 rpg)
Assists3,094 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clifford Ralph "Cliff" Robinson (born December 16, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 5 teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Basketball career[edit]

University of Connecticut[edit]

Robinson played collegiately at the University of Connecticut. In 1988, the Huskies won the NIT Championship and Robinson was named to the all-tournament team.[1] Robinson was later named to UConn's All-Century men's Basketball team.[1] On February 5, 2007, Robinson's number "00" was retired at Gampel Pavilion during halftime of a UConn basketball game against the Syracuse Orange as part of the "Huskies of Honor" ceremony which recognized personal accomplishments of 13 former players and three coaches.[2]

NBA[edit]

Robinson was selected with the 36th overall pick (2nd round) in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Robinson played for the Trail Blazers for eight seasons. Portland made the playoffs each year Robinson was on the team, and played in the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Robinson won the 1992-93 Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 19.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and a career-best 1.99 blocks per game.[3][4] He was an All Star with the team in 1994.[4] Following game 4 of the 1992 Western Conference Finals against the Utah Jazz, Robinson performed a victory dance that he later told press was named the "Uncle Cliffy."[5] The nickname stuck with Robinson for the rest of his career.[6] Following a game against the Golden State Warriors on February 22, 1995, Robinson would be forced to end his 461 iron man streak of consecutive games played for which he started his career.[7] This streak stands as a franchise record for the Trailblazers.[8]

Robinson signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent on August 25, 1997,[4] where he remained for four more seasons. The highlight of his tenure with the Suns was registering a career-best 50 points against the Denver Nuggets on January 16, 2000.[4] He became the oldest player at 33 years of age and two months to register his first 50-point game.[4]

Robinson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on June 29, 2001 in exchange for Jud Buechler and John Wallace.[4] He was traded to the Golden State Warriors on August 21, 2003, along with Pepe Sanchez, in exchange for Bob Sura.[4] Although he played all 82 games during the regular season, it would be the first season in his career where he would not participate in the NBA playoffs.[9]

On February 14, 2005, Golden State traded Robinson to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks.[4] He was released by the Nets in July 2007.[10] Robinson then retired.[11]

Retrospective[edit]

Robinson holds career NBA numbers of 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 1.03 blocks. His 1,380 games played are the 8th most all time in the NBA.[12] and second among players eligible for the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame (after Kevin Willis).[13][14] At the end of the 2013-14 NBA Season, his 42,561 minutes played in the NBA ranked him 19th among all players,[15] 14th among retired players,[16] and first among players eligible for the 2016 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.[17]

Robinson was one of only two players drafted in the 1980s that was still active in the league in 2007, with the other being Kevin Willis.[10] He played in the NBA Playoffs in all but one of his 18 seasons in the league, with his 2003-04 campaign with the Golden State Warriors being the exception.[9] As of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, his 141 games rank him 16th among inactive players not yet in the Hall of Fame, although he had a low .393 field goal percentage (nearly a full 10% lower than his career regular season average)[18] and 2.1 Win Shares in those games.[19]

At 6'10", he was the tallest player to make more than 1,000 three-pointers until he was surpassed by Dirk Nowitzki and Rashard Lewis;[20] Robinson made 1,253 threes in his career. Among players qualified for the 2015 Class of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Robinson ranks fifth among all players for field goals made [21] and first among those 6'10" or taller.[22]

Post-NBA career[edit]

In 2014, Robinson was named to a team assembled by Dennis Rodman as part of his "basketball diplomacy" effort in North Korea with the job of playing an exhibition match against the North Korean Senior National Team to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-un.[23] The team also included Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Sleepy Floyd, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.[24]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1989–90Portland82019.1.397.273.5503.8.9.6.69.1
1990–91Portland821123.7.463.316.6534.31.81.0.911.7
1991–92Portland82725.9.466.091.6645.11.71.01.312.4
1992–93Portland821231.4.473.247.6906.62.21.22.019.1
1993–94Portland826434.8.457.245.7656.71.91.41.420.1
1994–95Portland757336.3.452.371.6945.62.61.11.121.3
1995–96Portland787638.2.423.378.6645.72.41.1.921.1
1996–97Portland817938.0.426.346.6964.03.21.2.815.1
1997–98Phoenix806429.5.479.321.6895.12.11.21.114.2
1998–99Phoenix503534.8.475.417.6974.52.61.51.216.4
1999–2000Phoenix806735.5.464.370.7824.52.81.1.818.5
2000–01Phoenix828233.5.422.361.7094.12.91.11.016.4
2001–02Detroit808035.7.425.378.6944.82.51.11.214.6
2002–03Detroit816934.9.398.336.6763.93.31.11.112.2
2003–04Golden State828234.7.387.357.7114.13.3.9.912.2
2004–05Golden State422926.0.398.331.6032.71.81.0.98.5
2004–05New Jersey29020.7.361.379.6923.31.0.6.56.0
2005–06New Jersey801323.3.427.343.6583.31.1.6.56.9
2006–07New Jersey50119.1.372.379.4442.41.0.2.54.1
Career138084430.8.438.356.6894.62.21.01.014.2
All-Star1018.0.625.0002.05.01.0.010.0

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1990Portland2118.6.358.000.5584.11.1.91.16.5
1991Portland16022.1.538.333.5513.91.1.41.010.3
1992Portland21024.9.462.167.5714.22.01.01.010.8
1993Portland4032.8.262.000.4094.31.51.51.810.3
1994Portland4437.3.412.222.8756.32.5.81.516.3
1995Portland3339.7.362.235.5636.32.7.7.315.7
1996Portland5536.2.344.261.7573.61.61.41.015.2
1997Portland4440.3.362.188.6886.83.0.51.012.0
1998Phoenix4423.0.273.000.7783.0.8.8.56.3
1999Phoenix3339.0.475.222.6365.32.72.0.315.7
2000Phoenix9937.0.386.325.7336.02.11.2.817.6
2001Phoenix4428.5.420.250.6364.01.01.5.515.0
2002Detroit101040.9.363.340.8003.02.91.81.913.2
2003Detroit171730.8.358.373.5952.72.9.9.89.3
2005New Jersey4017.8.407.2861.0002.51.3.8.37.0
2006New Jersey8024.8.333.316.8003.3.61.1.44.5
2007New Jersey405.0.167.500.0.0.3.0.8
Career14127.6.393.298.6293.91.81.0.910.3

Suspensions[edit]

Robinson was arrested for marijuana possession and driving under the influence in February 2001 and received a one-game suspension.[25] Robinson was also suspended five games in February 2005 while playing for Golden State, and was suspended for five games during the NBA playoffs on May 12, 2006 for violating terms of the league's drug policy for the second time in two seasons.[26]

Personal life[edit]

On September 21, 2003, Robinson married Heather Lufkins on the island of Barbados.[27]

Survivor[edit]

Robinson was a contestant on the 28th installment of the American reality television series, Survivor. The theme for the season was Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty. Robinson was placed on the Brawn tribe. Although he did not initially plan to reveal his identity, after others recognized him he did not attempt to cover it up. He was the fifth contestant of the season to be voted out, finishing in 14th place.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ www.UConnHuskies.com Mens Basketball[dead link]
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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Clifford Robinson NBA.com Bio". NBA. Retrieved 2011-05-11. [dead link]
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  9. ^ a b http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/robincl02.html
  10. ^ a b Nets release Cliff Robinson, Associated Press[dead link]
  11. ^ "After final buzzer, Oregon’s still home". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
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  27. ^ [1][dead link]

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