James Robinson (basketball)

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James Robinson
No. 26
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1970-08-31) August 31, 1970 (age 43)
Jackson, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Murrah (Jackson, Mississippi)
College Alabama (1990–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career 1993–2004
Career history
19931996 Portland Trail Blazers
1996–1997 Minnesota Timberwolves
19971999 Los Angeles Clippers
1999 Minnesota Timberwolves
1999–2000 Olympiacos (Greece)
2001 Orlando Magic
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

James "Hollywood" Robinson (born August 31, 1970) is a former American professional basketball player, most notably in the NBA.

Robinson, an undersized 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) shooting guard, attended the University of Alabama before being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

High school & college[edit]

As a high school star at Jackson, Mississippi's Murrah High School, Robinson played with another future NBA player, Lindsey Hunter.

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's scoring average was the highest at Alabama since Buck Johnson's 20.7 in 1986. After such a stellar year, Robinson elected to pass up his senior season and enter the 1993 NBA Draft.

NBA[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team G FG% 3P% FT% OR DR TRB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
1993-94 POR 58 .365 .315 .672 0.6 0.8 1.3 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.9 1.2 4.8
1994-95 POR 71 .409 .341 .591 0.6 1.3 1.9 2.5 0.7 0.2 1.8 2.0 9.2
1995-96 POR 76 .399 .359 .659 0.6 1.5 2.1 2.0 0.4 0.2 1.5 1.9 8.5
1996-97 MIN 69 .407 .382 .684 0.3 1.3 1.6 1.8 0.4 0.1 1.0 1.8 8.3
1997-98 LAC 70 .389 .329 .720 0.5 1.1 1.6 1.9 0.5 0.1 1.4 1.4 7.7
1998-99 LAC 14 .398 .267 .741 0.7 1.2 1.9 1.3 1.0 0.2 1.1 2.1 7.6
1998-99 MIN 17 .322 .295 .571 0.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 0.5 0.3 1.6 1.8 4.5
2000-01 ORL 6 .364 .400 n/a 0.0 1.3 1.3 0.0 0.7 0.2 0.7 0.8 1.7

Trades and contracts[edit]

  • 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

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