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 last played for the now defunct Tokyo Apache. He stands at 7'1" 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]


In 2004, Swift bypassed college and opted for the NBA, turning down his commitment to play for USC.


Swift was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round with the twelfth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. [2][3]

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.[4] Swift suffered another injury to his right knee in February 2008, a torn lateral meniscus.[5]

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.[6] However, he left the team for personal reasons after appearing in two games.

During the 2010–11 season, Swift played for Tokyo Apache with his former head coach in Seattle, Bob Hill.[1]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

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

Legal problems[edit]

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.[7][8] 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. [9]


  1. ^ Hurst, Matt (2003-11-26). "Swift happy to focus on hoops". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2006-06-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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." 
  4. ^ Swift hurts knee, Watson loses teeth, but Sonics win, October 25, 2006
  5. ^ "Robert Swift out for season". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Robert Swift: Home again". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  7. ^ Dwyer, Kelly (2013-02-22). "Robert Swift is refusing to abandon his bullet-ridden, beer can-strewn foreclosed house". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  8. ^ Graham Wood (2013-02-24). "Robert Swift, Ex-Seattle SuperSonics Star, Refuses to Leave His Foreclosed Home | AOL Real Estate". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  9. ^ Humbert, Jon (March 5, 2013). "Former Sonic's foreclosed home: bullets, feces, stink". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from
  • Robert Swift at