James Robinson (basketball)
August 31, 1970 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Murrah (Jackson, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||1993–2004|
|1993–1996||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1997–1999||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2001–2002||Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia)|
|2003||Upea Capo D'Orlando (Italy)|
|2003–2004||Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia)|
|2004||Las Vegas Rattlers (ABA)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,882 (7.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||660 (1.7 rpg)|
|Assists||715 (1.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school & college
As a junior at Alabama in 1992-93, Robinson led the Crimson Tide with 20.6 points per game, also tallying 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, and was named to the All-Southeastern Conference First Team. He set a school record by scoring 20 or more points in 12 straight games and became the first junior in Crimson Tide history to surpass 1,500 career points (he finished with 1,831). During his college career he played with two future NBA players, Latrell Sprewell and Robert Horry.
Robinson had an uneventful first professional season (58 games with 11 minutes per game), although he did compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend, where he finished in last place (6th). He also has the distinction of being one of three Robinsons that the Portland Trail Blazers had on its roster in the 1995-96 NBA season, the others being Clifford Robinson and Rumeal Robinson. Robinson's importance in Portland increased from 1994–96, as Clyde Drexler was traded to Houston midway through 1994-95 and Terry Porter was often injured the following season. After that season, he was traded, along with Bill Curley and a conditional first-round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves, for Isaiah Rider.
As a Timberwolf, Robinson achieved roughly the same averages than his final two Portland years, albeit in less playing time. In 1997-98, he signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers, and posted similar numbers (almost 8 ppg in 84 games). Waived in March 1999, he would rejoin the Timberwolves, with little impact.
Midway through 2000-01, after one season of absence, Robinson received a ten-day contract with the Orlando Magic, eventually his last NBA stint.
Trades and contracts
- 7/23/1996 – Traded by the Blazers with Bill Curley and a conditional first round draft pick in 1997 or 1998 to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Isaiah "J.R." Rider.
- 8/16/1997 – Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers; 3/18/1999 – waived
- 3/26/1999 – Signed to the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts by the Minnesota Timberwolves; 4/17/1999 – signed for the remainder of the season
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com