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Glenn Robinson
Small forward
Born January 10, 1973 (1973-01-10) (age 37)
Indiana Gary, Indiana
Nationality United States American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
High school Gary Roosevelt
College Purdue
Draft 1st overall, 1994
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1994–2005
Former teams Milwaukee Bucks (1994–2002)
Atlanta Hawks (2002–2003)
Philadelphia 76ers (2003–2004)
San Antonio Spurs (2005)
Awards high school

1991: Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award college

1993: Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten*

1994: First Team All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year*, USBWA College Player of the Year, Naismith Award, John R. Wooden Award


1995: NBA All-Rookie First Team

2000, 2001: NBA All-Star

Glenn "Big Dog" A. Robinson (born January 10, 1973 in Gary, Indiana) is a former American professional basketball player in the NBA. He last played during the 2004-05 season.


Early life

On January 10, 1973, Glenn Robinson was born to Christine Bridgeman in Gary, Indiana. With his mom being an unmarried teenager, Glenn rarely saw his father. In a city known for its crime and drugs, his mother kept him straight. Not receiving the best of grades at school, his mom once pulled him off of the basketball team, and he took a job at an air-conditioning and refrigeration shop.

High school career

Gary Roosevelt


Robinson attended Gary Roosevelt High School, located in Gary, Indiana, where he started playing organized basketball during the 8th grade. During his Senior season, he led his school to an Indiana state basketball championship, winning the final game against Brebeuf Jesuit and their star Alan Henderson. Glenn also won the 1991 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award. He was a McDonald's All-American selection, and was considered arguably the best prep player in the nation.

College career



After high school, Glenn Robinson attended Purdue University to play under head coach Gene Keady and his recruiter/assistant coach Frank Kendrick. Due to struggles with NCAA eligibility courtesy of Proposition 48 which requires minimum academic standards, he had to redshirt for his freshmen season. He worked as a welder during the summers while at Purdue. Eligible for his sophomore season, Glenn led the Boilermakers with 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds a game in his first season as a Boiler. He led them to an 18–10 record on the season, which included a victory against the heralded Michigan "Fab Five" in the regular season, and onto an NCAA appearance. He received First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-American honors.


In his junior season, Glenn built upon his previous season's averages with 30.3 points and 11.2 rebounds a game, while becoming the first player since 1978 to lead the Big Ten Conference in both categories. Along with teammates Cuonzo Martin and Matt Waddell, he led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Conference Title and an Elite Eight appearance, finishing the season with a 29–5 record and a 3rd overall ranking. In his last college game against a Grant Hill-led Duke team in the NCAA Tournament, Robinson was held to only 13 points, his season low, while suffering from a back strain he sustained against Kansas in the prior game. Leading the nation in scoring and becoming the conference's all-time single season points leader with 1,030 points, Robinson was unanimously selected as the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. He also unanimously received the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award, the first national player of the year-honored Boilermaker since John Wooden himself did it in 1932 (who also wore the jersey #13). Robinson also was the recipient for the USBWA College Player of the Year.

College notes

Glenn left Purdue after becoming the only Boilermaker to have more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 steals, 100 assists and 50 blocked shots in a career during his two seasons at Purdue, along with a school weightlifting record with a 309-pound clean-and-jerk. His 1,030 points during his junior year made him only the 15th player in college history to score 1,000 points in a season.

Professional career

Milwaukee Bucks


Robinson was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, the first Boilermaker to be selected as the first pick since Joe Barry Carroll in 1980. Before he could take the court, he and the Bucks became involved in a contract holdout that lasted until the beginning of training camp after it was rumored that he desired a then-unprecedented 13 year, $100 million contract.[1] Robinson eventually signed a nearly equally unprecedented 10-year, $68 million deal that still stands as the richest NBA rookie contract, as a salary cap for rookies was implemented the following season. During his first year in the NBA, Robinson was twice named the Schick NBA Rookie of the Month and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after a leading all rookies with an average of 21.9 points per game. Robinson finished third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, who shared the award. While playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Robinson recorded some of the best statistical seasons in franchise history. Early in his career, Robinson shared the frontcourt with teammate and All-Star Vin Baker. After Baker departed, he teamed with Ray Allen and Sam Cassell, and helped lead the Bucks to the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Philadelphia 76ers. Robinson is the second place all-time leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks history, only trailing behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, averaging at least 20 points per game in seven of his eight seasons in Milwaukee. He made back-to-back NBA All-Star Team appearances in 2000 and 2001.

Atlanta Hawks


Robinson was traded by Milwaukee to the Atlanta Hawks for Toni Kukoč, Leon Smith and a 2003 first-round pick on August 2, 2002. In Glenn's debut as a Hawk in the season opener, he scored 34 points, had 10 rebounds and 8 assists against the New Jersey Nets. During the 2002-03 season, he averaged 20.8 points a game and shot a personal-best 87.6 percent from the free throw line.

Philadelphia 76ers


After a year in Atlanta, he was traded on July 23, 2003 with a 2006 second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal. In his tenth overall and only season playing with the Sixers, Robinson averaged 16.6 points and a steal a game being a second scoring option for teammate, Allen Iverson. After a year in Philadelphia during the 2003-04 season, Robinson did not play a game for the 76ers in 2004-05, largely due to an injury. On February 24, 2005 he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets. In exchange, the 76ers acquired forwards Rodney Rogers and Jamal Mashburn. Robinson was waived by the team almost immediately and never suited up for them.

San Antonio Spurs


Robinson was signed by the San Antonio Spurs on April 5, 2005 to establish an additional veteran shooting presence as the team prepared for the playoffs. Along with fellow Spurs Manu Ginóbili and Tim Duncan, Robinson helped win the 2005 NBA Championship, averaging eight minutes per game as a role player in the 2005 postseason.

Career notes

Robinson has not played professional basketball since the 2004-05 season, due to injuries, particularly to his knees, that affected and shortened his career. He finished his NBA career with 14,234 career points, averaging 20.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.


Team USA


Robinson was selected for the 1996 U.S. Olympic basketball team, but was unable to play because of injury.

External links


Preceded by
Damon Bailey
Indiana Mr. Basketball award
Succeeded by
Charles Macon
Preceded by
Calbert Cheaney
Naismith College Player of the Year (men)
Succeeded by
Joe Smith
Preceded by
Calbert Cheaney
John R. Wooden Award (men)
Succeeded by
Ed O'Bannon
Preceded by
Chris Webber
NBA first overall draft pick
1994 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Joe Smith

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