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David Robinson's Stats For Each Season: The Admiral Is One Of The Most Underrated Players In NBA History

David Robinson's Stats For Each Season: The Admiral Is One Of The Most Underrated Players In NBA History

One of the best big men to ever play the game came right out of San Antonio. Before Tim Duncan ever came around, the Spurs had a great post player in their possession. Robinson was a 10-time All-Star, and MVP, and helped the Spurs win two championships. Without Robinson, the Spurs would not have been a yearly contender during the 90s.

Robinson eventually joined the Hall of Fame for his efforts in his basketball career. His overall stats prove he was a true double-double threat and bona fide defender. In the end, Robinson was as good as it gets when it came to a post player.

Here are Robinson’s stats by season:


1989-90 NBA Season

Stats: 24.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.9 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, All-Defensive Second Team, Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie First Team

Once the 80s ended, it felt like a breath of fresh air for the Spurs. After his tour in the Navy was over, Robinson was able to officially join the franchise. Robinson helped launch a campaign where the Spurs qualified for the playoffs each season during his playing career. His rookie season gave patient fans everything they were waiting to see.

Robinson had one of the best seasons for a rookie center in the NBA. It helped him win Rookie of the Year and made the All-NBA Team. He finished sixth in the MVP voting. In the playoffs, the Spurs swept the Nuggets in three games but would lose a seven-game series to the Trail Blazers in the second round.


1990-91 NBA Season

Stats: 25.6 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 3.9 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team, Rebounding Leader

After a promising season by their Rookie of the Year, the outlook for the Spurs was promising. The Spurs went 17-5 in their first 22 games and were eventually 20 games over .500 near the halfway mark of the season. The team finished the year winning 13 of their final 17 games. The Spurs won the Midwest Division.

Robinson finished third in the MVP voting and second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. In the playoffs, the Spurs were upset by the Warriors, ranked as the seven seed, in four games. After winning Game 1, the Spurs lost three straight games.


1991-92 NBA Season

Stats: 23.2 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.3 SPG, 4.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team, Defensive Player of the Year, Blocks Leader

The Spurs won 10 of their first 13 games but would falter down the stretch halfway through the year with a 21-17 record. The team finished with a 47-35 record, which led to finishing second in the Midwest Division. Robinson finished the year as the top defensive player and made the All-NBA First Team. He finished third in the MVP voting behind Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler.

In March, Robinson sustained a thumb injury and missed the postseason. Without their best player, the Spurs were swept in three games by the Suns. Head coach Bob Bass was fired as the Spurs came up short in the playoffs again. However, if Robinson’s defense was around, he might have remained head coach. After all, his 4.5 blocks led the league.


1992-93 NBA Season

Stats: 23.4 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 3.2 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, All-Defensive Second Team

The Spurs brought Vinny Del Negro, Lloyd Daniels, and Avery Johnson to the team, but the Spurs’ start to the season was in a bind when Terry Cummings suffered a serious knee injury. It limited him to just eight games in the regular season. Head coach Jerry Tarkanian was fired after a 9-11 start to the season. After hiring John Lucas, the team finished second in the division and finished with a 49-33 record.

It put a lot of pressure on Robinson, given how much responsibility was on him. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a sixth-place finish in the MVP voting. In the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Trail Blazers in the first round but came up short against MVP Charles Barkley and the Suns in the semifinals.


1993-94 NBA Season

Stats: 29.8 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.3 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-Defensive Second Team, Scoring Champion

The Spurs made a move to help bolster the post. The team acquired controversial All-Star Dennis Rodman. The team would use a 13-game winning streak in January and February to help pull away from the rest of the teams. The team would lose seven of their last 10 games to finish second in the Midwest Division. Robinson would win the scoring title and finish as the runner-up in the MVP and DPOY voting.

Robinson had a great case for winning the MVP but fell second to Hakeem Olajuwon. In the playoffs, the Spurs lost to the Jazz in four games. There were a lot of distractions surrounding Rodman, which led to public arguments with his coach. It squandered one of the best overall seasons Robinson had in his career.


1994-95 NBA Season

Stats: 27.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.2 BPG

Awards And Achievement: MVP Award, All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

The following season, the Spurs hired a new head coach in Bob Hill and brought back mainstays in Sean Elliott and Avery Johnson. However, the Spurs struggled to start the season. Despite the adversity, the Spurs would win 13 of their next 14 games and post a 15-game winning streak in the latter part of the season. That stretch saw San Antonio win 21 of their final 23 games as the Spurs owned the best record in the league at 62-20.

It set the franchise record for wins in a season. With Robinson leading the way, he was rewarded with the MVP Award, while finishing fourth in DPOY. The Spurs cruised past the Nuggets and Lakers but were upset in the Conference Finals. The Spurs would lose to the six seeded Rockets in the Conference Finals in six games.


1995-96 NBA Season

Stats: 25.0 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, 3.3 BPG

Awards and Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

The Spurs ended their two-year experiment with Rodman but had a solid team regardless of Rodman and Elliott on the team. The team won 11 of their first 15 games and were 17 games over .500 at the All-Star break. The Spurs would post a 17-game winning streak in March and eventually won their second straight Midwest Division title with a 59-23 record. Robinson was a First-Team member on the All-NBA squad and defensive team too. Robinson finished second in the MVP voting and fourth in DPOY.

It would mark the seventh straight trip to the playoffs. The Spurs beat the Suns in the first round in four games. However, the team was unable to make a deep run in the playoffs once again. The Spurs were overmatched by Karl Malone, John Stockton, and the Utah Jazz in six games.


1996-97 NBA Season

Stats: 17.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Awards And Achievement: None

It was the one time in Robinson’s career that he was not able to stay on the court. Robinson played just six games. Robinson battled back and foot injuries. The Spurs were also without Chuck Person and the Spurs struggled. Head coach Bob Hill was out and replaced by Gregg Popovich.

Without Robinson, the team relied heavily on Dominique Wilkins. However, the team was the worst defensive team in the league. The Spurs missed the playoffs and it would be only the fourth time in team history.


1997-98 NBA Season

Stats: 21.6 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.6 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-Defensive Second Team

It was a memorable season for the Spurs. The team drafted Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick. Despite losing Sean Elliott to injury, the team of Duncan and Robinson proved to be one tough team to stop. The “Twin Towers” led the Spurs to a 56-26 record and made it back to the playoffs. The team also went from owning the worst defense to the second-best defense one year later.

With Duncan named Rookie of the Year, Robinson played well on his own and earned All-NBA Second Team. Both Robinson and Duncan finished fifth and seventh respectively in the MVP voting. In the playoffs, the Spurs beat the Suns in the first round but lost to the Jazz in the semifinals.


1998-99 NBA Season

Stats: 15.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.4 SPG, 2.4 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion

While the season didn’t see Robinson win any individual achievements, it would be the first time that Robinson got a taste of playing in the NBA Finals. The season was cut to 50 games due to the lockout. The Spurs won 31 of their last 36 games to claim a league-best 37-13 record. That would have equaled a 61-21 record in a full season.

Duncan had taken over as the top scorer and rebounder for the team, but Robinson also averaged a double-double to give the Spurs two players to accomplish that. Robinson finished fourth in the DPOY voting. In the playoffs, the Spurs beat the Timberwolves in the first round. Then, Robinson and Duncan outplayed Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in the second round in four games. In the Conference Finals, the Spurs swept the Trail Blazers and then defeated the Knicks in five games.


1999-00 NBA Season

Stats: 17.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.3 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team

Robinson made his way back to the All-Star team after a short layoff. The Spurs started the season 14-3 and battled for first place in their division all season. Sean Elliott would eventually return from a kidney transplant to help the Spurs finish 53-29. Robinson and Duncan were named to the All-NBA Team.

The playoffs featured a familiar battle between the Spurs and the Suns. This time, the Spurs were defeated by the Suns in four games. Defensively, the Suns did a great job of limiting both Robinson and Duncan offensively.


2000-01 NBA Season

Stats: 14.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team

After Duncan nearly left the team to join the Magic, the Spurs played with a fire in their hearts to start the season. The team started the season 25-11 and continued to play elite. The Spurs won 23 of their final 29 games to win the Midwest Division and were 33-8 at home, which was the best record in the NBA.

Robinson tied for fifth place in the DPOY voting. He was named All-NBA Third Team despite having lower offensive numbers. In the playoffs, the Spurs beat the Timberwolves in four games. Then, the team beat the Mavericks in five games. In the Conference Finals, the tandem of Bryant and O’Neal got their revenge by eliminating the Spurs.


2001-02 NBA Season

Stats: 12.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.8 BPG

Awards And Achievement: None

Robinson was entering the final years of his career, but he remains an impactful player. The Spurs started the season 20-4. The team won 58 games and won the Midwest Division. The team won their final nine games and once won 13 straight games in the regular season. Teammate, Tim Duncan, won the MVP Award, which meant the Spurs had two MVPs on their roster.

Robinson did not win any major individual award. The team had other players step up in that regard. In the playoffs, the Spurs beat the SuperSonics in the first round. After that, the defending champion Lakers eliminated the Spurs in five games. It was the second straight year the Spurs were eliminated by the Lakers in the playoffs.


2002-03 NBA Season

Stats: 8.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.7 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion

In his final season, Robinson went out the best way he possibly could. A champion. The Spurs won 60 games for the second time in team history, finishing with the league’s best record at 60-22. Duncan won his second straight MVP Award, while Robinson averaged career lows in points and rebounds.

With Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Duncan all improving, Robinson didn’t have to be superman. He just had to do enough. The Spurs beat the Suns in the first round. Then, the team beat the three-time defending champion Lakers in the second round. In the Conference Finals, the Spurs beat the Mavericks in six games. That set up a showdown with the Nets in the NBA Finals where the Spurs overpowered the Nets. Robinson won his second title and retired at the end of the year.


Career Resume

Stats: 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 3.0 BPG

Awards: 2x NBA Champion, 1x MVP, 10x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 4x All-NBA Third Team, 1x Defensive Player of the Year, 4x All-Defensive First Team, 4x All-Defensive Second Team, 1x Scoring Champion, 1x Rebounding Champion, 1x Blocks Leader, Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie First Team

Robinson was a jack of all trades. Robinson had great mobility in the post. He could rebound at a high level. He was strong defensively as a shot blocker. More importantly, he was skilled as a ball-handler in an era where centers were not expected to be able to run the floor. Robinson was also not a one size fits all center as he possessed a solid midrange jumper.

Robinson is a member of the 20,000 career point club. He is also one of four players ever to record a quadruple-double. He recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks in 1994 against the Pistons. He is also one of six players to ever record 70 points in a game, having done that in the same season as his quadruple-double. Robinson is not only one of the best Spurs players ever, but one of the top-100 players in league history to ever play. 

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