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Clifford Robinson
Position(s) Forward/Center
Jersey #(s) 3, 30
Born December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16) (age 43)
Buffalo, New York
Career information
Year(s) 1989–2007
NBA Draft 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
College Connecticut
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     19,591
Rebounds     6,306
Assists     3,094
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

Clifford "Cliff" Ralph Robinson (born December 16, 1966 in Buffalo, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player, formerly of the National Basketball Association.


Basketball career


University of Connecticut

Robinson played collegiately at the University of Connecticut. In 1988, UConn 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 3 coaches.[2]

Portland Trail Blazers

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]

Phoenix Suns

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]

Detroit Pistons

Robinson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on June 29, 2001 in exchange for Jud Buechler and John Wallace.[4]

Golden State Warriors

Robinson was traded to the Golden State Warriors on August 21, 2003, along with Pepe Sanchez, in exchange for Bob Sura.[4]

New Jersey Nets

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.[7] Robinson then retired to his home in North Plains, Oregon.[8]

Career highlights

Robinson holds career numbers of 14.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 1.03 blocks. His 1,330 games played are the 8th most all time in the NBA. 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.[7] He played in the NBA Playoffs in 17 of his 18 seasons in the league.

At 6'10", he was the tallest player to make more than 1,000 three-pointers until he was surpassed by Dirk Nowitzki who stands 7'0"; Robinson made 1,253 threes in his career.


Robinson was arrested for marijuana possession and driving under the influence in February 2001 and received a one-game suspension.[9] 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.[10]


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Preceded by
Detlef Schrempf
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Succeeded by
Dell Curry


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