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Alvin Robertson
Shooting guard
Born July 22, 1962 (1962-07-22) (age 47)
Barberton, Ohio
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
College Arkansas
Draft 7th overall, 1984
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1984–1996
Former teams San Antonio Spurs (1984–1989)
Milwaukee Bucks (1989–1993)
Detroit Pistons (1993)
Toronto Raptors (1995–1996)
Awards 1985–86 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
1985–86 NBA Most Improved Player
4× NBA All-Star
Olympic medal record
Men's basketball
Gold 1984 Los Angeles United States

Alvin Cyrrale Robertson (born July 22, 1962 in Barberton, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 1993, and for one final season in 1995–96.

Best known for his defense, the 6'3" Robertson played for ten years after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the seventh pick in the 1984 NBA Draft out of Crowder Junior College and the University of Arkansas. After five seasons with the Spurs, He finished out his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors. He also was a member of 1984 U.S. Olympic gold-medal team.

In 1986, Robertson became the inaugural winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award. This also marked the first of four National Basketball Association All-Star Game appearances for the guard (the others coming in 1987, 1988, and 1991). He also won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1986,[1] and led the league in steals in 1986, 1987 and 1991. Robertson still holds the top career steals-per-game average in the NBA, with 2.71 per contest over 779 career games.[2]

Robertson twice led the league in steals. In 1985–86 he averaged a league-leading 3.67 steals per game,[3] a major factor in his earning the Defensive Player of the Year honor and being selected second-team All-NBA, one of only five players in Spurs' history to have been selected first, second or third-team All-NBA. He was a four-time All-Star. Only George Gervin, David Robinson and Tim Duncan have represented the Spurs in more All-Star Games.[4]

Robertson led the Spurs in steals four of the five seasons he was with the club, three times averaging more than three per game.[3] Though he played only five seasons in San Antonio, he ranks second in club history in total steals, with 1,129.

A multi-dimensional player, Robertson is one of only four NBA players to record a quadruple-double (double digits in four statistical categories in a single game) when he registered 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals whilst playing for the Spurs against the Phoenix Suns.[5] He is also the only player to do so with steals as the fourth category (the other three were with blocks).[6]

In 1994, the Detroit Pistons traded Robertson to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Mark Macon and Marcus Liberty. However, he never actually saw any playing time for the Nuggets due to pre-existing back injuries.[7]

Robertson scored the first points in Toronto Raptors' history. Ed Pinckney won the franchise's opening tip-off, Robertson hit a three-pointer, and the Raptors were ahead 3–0.[8]

Personal life

Robertson has a history of off-court problems during and after his career. In August 1997, he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges of abusing a former girlfriend and was sentenced to one year in prison.[9] He also spent a month in jail during the 1990 NBA off-season for beating his then-wife. Robertson was arrested again in San Antonio, Texas in January 2007, on a variety of charges, several related to domestic violence.[10]

Robertson is the father of Tyrell Johnson, 2008 NFL 2nd round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Defensive Player of the Year". Retrieved 2007-04-21.  
  2. ^ "Regular Season Records: Steals". Retrieved 2007-04-21.  
  3. ^ a b "Season Leaders for Steals Per Game". Retrieved 2007-04-21.  
  4. ^ Monroe, Mike (2007-02-20). "Top 30 NBA Spurs — No. 10: Alvin Robertson". Retrieved 2007-04-21.  
  5. ^ "San Antonio Spurs History". Retrieved 2007-04-20.  
  6. ^ "Nate Thurmond's Most MemoraBull Game". 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2007-04-21.  
  7. ^ Retrieved on April 20, 2007.
  8. ^ Lankhof, Bill. "Constant change". SLAM! sports. Retrieved 2007-04-20.  
  9. ^ "Robertson Sentenced to Jail". New York Times. 1997-08-19. Retrieved 2007-04-20.  
  10. ^ "Former Spurs star Robertson arrested on six warrants". 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2007-04-20.  
  11. ^ Tyrell Johnson: Forgotten Man Gains Ground


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