Glenn Robinson

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Glenn Robinson
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Robinson with the Atlanta Hawks in 2003
Personal information
Born (1973-01-10) January 10, 1973 (age 49)
Gary, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolRoosevelt (Gary, Indiana)
CollegePurdue (1992–1994)
NBA draft1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1994–2005
PositionSmall forward
Number13, 31, 3
Career history
19942002Milwaukee Bucks
2002–2003Atlanta Hawks
2003–2004Philadelphia 76ers
2005San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points14,234 (20.7 ppg)
Rebounds4,189 (6.1 rpg)
Assists1,879 (2.7 apg)
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Glenn Alan "Big Dog" Robinson Jr. (born January 10, 1973)[1] is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1994 to 2005 for the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Antonio Spurs. Robinson attended Purdue University and was the first overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. He is the father of Glenn Robinson III, who played college basketball at the University of Michigan and has also played in the NBA.

Early life

Robinson was born to Christine Bridgeman in Gary, Indiana. With his mother being an unmarried teenager, Robinson rarely saw his father. Not receiving the best grades at school, his mother once pulled him off the basketball team, and he took a job at an air-conditioning and refrigeration shop.[2]

High school career

Robinson attended Theodore Roosevelt High School[3] in Gary, where he started playing organized basketball during the 9th grade. He was a member of three IHSAA Sectional title teams, two Regional title teams and a State Championship team. During his senior season (1990–91), he led the Panthers to an Indiana state basketball championship,[4] winning the final game against Brebeuf Jesuit and their star Alan Henderson; this highly anticipated showdown was captured in The Road to Indianapolis.[5] and Indiana High School Basketball 20 Most Dominant Players.[6] Robinson won the 1991 Indiana Mr. Basketball award, the oldest such award in the nation (inaugurated in 1939). He was selected as a McDonald's All-American[7] and along with Chris Webber was one of the MVPs of the Dapper Dan Roundball classic.[8]

College career


After high school, Robinson attended Purdue University to play under head coach Gene Keady and his recruiter/assistant coach Frank Kendrick. A school custodian gave him the nickname of "Big Dog" before he played a game for Purdue.[9] Robinson subsequently got a tattoo of a "snarling bulldog wearing a spiked collar" on his chest.[9]

Due to struggles with NCAA eligibility, resulting from Proposition 48 which requires minimum academic standards, he had to redshirt for his freshman season. He worked as a welder during the summers while at Purdue.

Eligible for his sophomore season, Robinson led the Boilermakers with 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds a game in his first season as a Boilermaker. He led them to an 18–10 record in the regular season and an NCAA tournament appearance. He received First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-American honors.


In his junior season, Robinson 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

Robinson 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,[10] along with a school weightlifting record with a 309-pound clean-and-jerk.[citation needed] 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.[11] In September 2010, the Big Ten Network named Robinson Icon No. 35 on its list of the biggest icons in Big Ten Conference history.

Purdue's campus bookstores sold T-shirts featuring Robinson's image and his nickname "Big Dog" before Robinson complained and they discontinued the practice.[9]

Professional career

Milwaukee Bucks (1994–2002)

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.

At the draft, Robinson wore a gold suit and black alligator slip-ons.[12] 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 13-year, $100 million contract.[13] Robinson eventually signed a rookie-record 10-year, $68 million deal that still stands as the richest NBA rookie contract,[14] 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 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, but was named Rookie Of The Year by Basketball Digest magazine.[15]

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. On December 7, 1996, Robinson scored 44 points on 70% shooting, alongside 7 rebounds and 6 assists, in a 126-118 victory over the Washington Bullets.[16] Despite another strong statistical season from Robinson, the Bucks would again fail make the NBA playoffs.[17]

After several trades, one of which had Baker go to Seattle, Robinson teamed with Ray Allen and Sam Cassell, and helped lead the Bucks to several postseason appearances. On May 11, 1999, Robinson scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a narrow 108-107 playoff loss against Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.[18] The underexperienced Bucks (was both Robinson's and Allen's first postseason appearance) would eventually lose the series. On January 29, 2001, Robinson scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and recorded 5 steals in a 99-96 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves.[19] On February 25, 2001, Robinson scored a career-high 45 points in a 122-95 win against the Golden State Warriors.[20] That season, Robinson and the Bucks would reach the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in a 7 game series. In the final game of that series, Robinson scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and recorded 4 assists in a losing effort.[21] It would be the closest the Bucks would get to the finals until 2019, when another Bucks Forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, helped end their 18 year conference finals drought.[22]

Robinson was the second place all-time leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks history, only trailing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar until surpassed by Giannis Antetokounmpo. Robinson averaged 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 (2002–2003)

Robinson was traded by Milwaukee to the Atlanta Hawks for Toni Kukoč, Leon Smith, and a 2003 first-round pick on August 2, 2002.[23] In Robinson'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 (2003–2004)

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 1 steal per game as second scoring option to teammate, Allen Iverson. After his 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 for forwards Rodney Rogers and Jamal Mashburn. Robinson was waived by the team almost immediately and never suited up for them.

San Antonio Spurs (2005)

Robinson signed with the San Antonio Spurs on April 4, 2005 to establish an additional veteran shooting presence as the team prepared for the playoffs. As a role player in the 2005 playoffs, Robinson helped the Spurs win the championship. The games in the NBA Finals would be Robinson's last in the NBA, capping off his 11-year career with a title.

Robinson was forced to retire due to injuries, particularly to his knees. He finished his career with 14,234 career points, averaging 20.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, also playing in two league all-star games.

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
 †  Won an NBA championship

Regular season

1994–95 Milwaukee 80 76 37.0 .451 .321 .796 6.4 2.5 1.4 .3 21.9
1995–96 Milwaukee 82 82 39.6 .454 .342 .812 6.1 3.6 1.2 .5 20.2
1996–97 Milwaukee 80 79 38.9 .465 .350 .791 6.3 3.1 1.3 .9 21.1
1997–98 Milwaukee 56 56 41.0 .470 .385 .808 5.5 2.8 1.2 .6 23.4
1998–99 Milwaukee 47 47 33.6 .459 .392 .870 5.9 2.1 1.0 .9 18.4
1999–00 Milwaukee 81 81 35.9 .472 .363 .802 6.0 2.4 1.0 .5 20.9
2000–01 Milwaukee 76 74 37.0 .468 .299 .820 6.9 3.3 1.1 .8 22.0
2001–02 Milwaukee 66 63 35.5 .467 .326 .837 6.2 2.5 1.5 .6 20.7
2002–03 Atlanta 69 68 37.6 .432 .342 .876 6.6 3.0 1.3 .4 20.8
2003–04 Philadelphia 42 42 31.8 .448 .340 .832 4.5 1.4 1.0 .2 16.6
2004–05dagger San Antonio 9 0 17.4 .442 .333 .870 2.7 .9 .4 .3 10.0
Career 688 668 36.8 .459 .340 .820 6.1 2.7 1.2 .6 20.7
All-Star 2 0 12.5 .529 5.0 .5 .5 .5 9.0


1999 Milwaukee 3 3 39.3 .412 .500 .889 8.3 1.7 1.0 .7 20.7
2000 Milwaukee 5 5 34.8 .405 .286 .846 4.2 2.6 1.6 .8 15.4
2001 Milwaukee 18 18 38.2 .429 .387 .893 6.4 3.3 .6 1.3 19.4
2005dagger San Antonio 13 0 8.7 .356 .300 .882 1.6 .1 .2 .5 3.8
Career 39 26 28.0 .416 .379 .885 4.7 2.0 .6 .9 13.8

National team career

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

Personal life

His oldest son, Glenn III, played basketball for the University of Michigan and started for the national runner-up 2012–13 team. Following the 2012–13 Big Ten season he was an honorable mention All-conference selection and All-freshman honoree by the coaches.[24][25] Glenn III currently plays in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings.

His younger son, Gelen (class of 2014), is the 2013 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 220-pound (100 kg) wrestling champion, the 2013 IHSAA shot put runner-up, the 2013 IHSAA discus runner-up, and a repeat (2012 and 2013) winner of The Times of Northwest Indiana Football Defensive Player of the Year and as a result the 2012–13 Times of Northwest Indiana Athlete of the Year.[26] Gelen played for the Purdue University football team and signed with the CFL BC Lions in 2018. He currently plays rugby for the LA Giltinis of Major League Rugby (MLR).

Robinson also has a daughter named Jaimie who competes in track and field.[27]

On May 16, 2003, Robinson was convicted in Cook County, Illinois of domestic battery and assault charges involving his former fiance on July 20, 2002 in her Chicago Heights home.[28]


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  22. ^ "2019 NBA Playoffs Summary |".
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