December 3, 1985 |
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (216 cm)|
|Listed weight||280 lb (127 kg)|
|High school||Garces Memorial (Bakersfield, California)
Bakersfield (Bakersfield, California)
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|2004–2009||Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2010||Seattle Aviators (NABL)|
|2010||Snohomish County Explosion (NABL)|
|2010–2011||Tokyo Apache (Japan)|
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 to Bakersfield High School. This move provoked a hearing by the California Interscholastic Federation that initially declared Swift ineligible for the 2003–04 season; however, this ruling was later overturned and he played his senior season.
In 2004, Swift bypassed college and opted for the NBA, turning down his commitment to play for USC.
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 1.2 blocks per game.
In 2006 Swift was awarded the starting job at center but 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. Swift suffered another injury to his right knee in February 2008, a torn lateral meniscus.
On December 22, 2009, the Oklahoma City Thunder renounced the rights to Swift.
D-League and Japan
NBA career statistics
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|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|
In 2013, it was reported that Swift was refusing to vacate his foreclosed home, which had been bought by a new owner. The new owner bought the house in Sammamish, Washington in January 2013 for half the price paid in 2006. Swift eventually left the home, which was reportedly riddled with animal feces, guns, bullets, beer bottles, and garbage. Observers also noted old letters from some of the top college basketball programs in the country trying to recruit Swift, before he went straight to the NBA from high school. 
- Hurst, Matt (2003-11-26). "Swift happy to focus on hoops". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2006-06-12.[dead link]
- Ikeda, Jordan (January 31, 2009). "7-foot center Robert Swift opens up about his team, his uncles and his NBA future.". The Rafu Shimpo. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012.
- Allen, Percy (October 9, 2006). "Robert Swift: "This is who I am"". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 30, 2010. "Swift talks about learning the language, partly because his father is half Japanese, and he has a strong desire to visit extended family members who live in Okinawa, Japan."
- Swift hurts knee, Watson loses teeth, but Sonics win, October 25, 2006
- Robert Swift out for season
- Robert Swift: Home again
- Robert Swift is refusing to abandon his bullet-ridden, beer can-strewn foreclosed house
- Humbert, Jon (March 5, 2013). "Former Sonic's foreclosed home: bullets, feces, stink". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.