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Robert Swift
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Free agent
Born December 3, 1985 (1985-12-03) (age 24)
Bakersfield, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
High school Garces Memorial,
Draft 12th overall, 2004
Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 2004–present
Former teams Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (2004-2009)
Bakersfield Jam (2009)

Robert Swift (born December 3, 1985, in Bakersfield, California) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBDL. He stands 7 feet 1 inches tall and plays the center position.


High school

Swift caught the attention of NBA and college scouts while playing for Garces Memorial High School, and then later as the centerpiece of the Bakersfield High School team.

During his time at Garces, the small Catholic high school broke into the USA Today top-25 high school basketball team rankings. Between his junior and senior years, Swift transferred from Garces to Highland High School, and then just before his senior year, he transferred once more into Bakersfield High School. This move provoked a hearing by the California Interscholastic Federation that initially declared Swift ineligible for the 2003–04 season; however it was later overturned and he played his senior season.[1]


In 2004, Swift bypassed college and opted for the NBA, turning down his commitment to play for USC.


Swift was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round with the twelfth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Robert Swift, whose father is half Japanese (Okinawan), was the first player of Caucasian or Asian descent to be drafted straight out of high school. [2]

In his first season he played in 16 games, averaging 4.5 minutes, 0.9 points, 0.4 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks per game. In his second season, under the direction of coach Bob Hill, he started 20 out of 47 games, averaging 21 minutes, 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.19 blocks per game.

In 2006 Swift was awarded the starting job at center but disaster struck when he ruptured the ACL in his right knee after playing just over one minute in a pre-season game vs the Sacramento Kings. The resulting injury occurred when he twisted his right knee when he fell and went out of bounds awkwardly in front of the Seattle bench.[3] Swift suffered another injury to his right knee in February 2008, a torn lateral meniscus[4].


In 2009, Swift joined the Bakersfield Jam of the NBDL.[5] However, he left the team for personal reasons after appearing in two games.[6]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games 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

2004–05 Seattle 16 0 4.5 .455 .000 .556 .3 .1 .1 .4 .9
2005–06 Seattle 47 20 21.0 .515 .000 .582 5.6 .2 .3 1.2 6.4
2007–08 Seattle 8 4 12.3 .353 .000 1.000 2.3 .1 .6 .8 1.8
2008-09 Oklahoma City 26 10 13.2 .521 .000 .750 3.4 .3 .2 .6 3.3
Career 97 34 15.5 .506 .000 .610 3.9 .3 .2 .8 4.3


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