Robert Swift

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Robert Swift
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Personal information
Born (1985-12-03) December 3, 1985 (age 28)
Bakersfield, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school Garces Memorial (Bakersfield, California)
Bakersfield (Bakersfield, California)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Career history
20042009 Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder
2009 Bakersfield Jam
2010 Seattle Aviators (NABL)
2010 Snohomish County Explosion (NABL)
2010–2011 Tokyo Apache (Japan)

Robert Swift (born December 3, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association for the Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder from 2004 through 2009, for the Seattle Aviators and Snohomish County Explosion of the National Athletic Basketball League in 2010, and for the Tokyo Apache of the bj League in 2010-11. He stands at 7 feet 1 inch (2.16 m) and played the center position.

High school[edit]

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 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.[1] He committed to attend the University of Southern California (USC) to play for the USC Trojans men's basketball team on a scholarship.[2]

National Basketball Association[edit]

Swift was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round with the twelfth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. [3][4] Swift bypassed college and opted for the NBA, turning down his commitment to play for USC.[2]

In his first season with the Sonics, Swift 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, the Sonics anticipated that Swift would become their starting center.[2] Swift was awarded the starting job at center but he ruptured the anterior crucial ligament in his right knee after playing just over one minute in a preseason 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.[5] Swift suffered another injury to his right knee in February 2008, a torn lateral meniscus.[6]

On December 22, 2009, the Oklahoma City Thunder renounced the rights to Swift.

D-League and Japan[edit]

In 2009, Swift joined the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League.[7] However, he left the team for personal reasons after appearing in two games. He was overweight and experienced a decrease in mobility.[2]

During the 2010–11 season, Swift played for Tokyo Apache with his former head coach in Seattle, Bob Hill. Swift played well, receiving interest from the NBA's Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the Apache ended their season prematurely and disbanded.[2] Swift tried out for the Portland Trail Blazers in April 2011, but was not offered a contract.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Robert's father, Bruce, was unable to work for two years due to a car accident that occurred while Robert was a child. He filed for bankruptcy twice: in 1999 and 2003. Robert's mother, Rhonda, was diagnosed with cancer and had multiple surgeries to remove it. The Swifts dealt with food insecurity.[2]

In 2009, Swift's girlfriend became pregnant.[2] In June 2011, Swift was arrested for driving under the influence. He was found guilty of reckless driving.[2]

In 2013, Swift refused 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 Swift paid in 2006.[8][9] 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. [10]

In October 2014, police raided the house of Trygve Bjorkstam, an alleged heroin and methamphetamine dealer, who had compiled an arsenal of 18 guns. They found Swift living in the home, and in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and military-style grenade launcher. In November 2014, police charged Swift with a gun crime.[11]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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 .7 3.3
Career 97 34 15.5 .506 .000 .610 3.9 .2 .3 .9 4.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hurst, Matt (November 26, 2003). "Swift happy to focus on hoops". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved June 12, 2006. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Flameout: Young Sonics phenom Robert Swift falls hard". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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." 
  5. ^ Swift hurts knee, Watson loses teeth, but Sonics win, October 25, 2006
  6. ^ "Robert Swift out for season". Basketboltr.net. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Robert Swift: Home again". Bakersfield.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Dwyer, Kelly (February 22, 2013). "Robert Swift is refusing to abandon his bullet-ridden, beer can-strewn foreclosed house". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Graham Wood (February 24, 2013). "Robert Swift, Ex-Seattle SuperSonics Star, Refuses to Leave His Foreclosed Home | AOL Real Estate". Realestate.aol.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Humbert, Jon (March 5, 2013). "Former Sonic's foreclosed home: bullets, feces, stink". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  11. ^ "Ex-Seattle Sonic Robert Swift charged after police seize grenade launcher, drugs from Kirkland home". seattlepi.com. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
  • Robert Swift at Basketball-Reference.com