The rise of David Robinson from U.S Navy to the professional basketball player| Bio, Wife, Kids, Siblings, Net Worth and Awards

Quick Fact About David Robinson

Full Name David Maurice Robinson
Born 6 August 1965 (57 years)
Nationality American
Height 7 ft. 1 in (2.16 m)
Weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Nickname The Admiral

Who is David Robinson?

David Robinson is a former basketball star who played for the San Antonio Spur in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is also a minority owner of the Spur. He started playing basketball at age of 24 years old, after serving two years in the U.S. Navy. David has established himself as one of the best big men to ever play in the NBA. He was known as a defensive stopper with excellent shot-blocking abilities. In addition, he is also well known as a stellar role model who gives generously to his community.

David’s childhood and Background

David was born on 6 August 1965,  in Key West, Florida. He is the son of Ambrose, who was a naval officer while his mother Freda was a nurse. He grew up in Virginia Beach, with his two siblings. At the age of six David went to the schools for gifted children, in high school, he was among the top five percent nationally on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Career Background

David was active in sports, likes tennis, golf, and baseball, he joined basketball as a freshman and he soon quit because he spent most of his time warming the bench. Moreover, he decided to try it and became a professional basketball for Osborn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia. In his senior season, He was named the only unanimous Team selection on the AP’s All-American Team and won the Naismith Award as the College Player of the Year. In 1987, he was the first player selected in the NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs. The team selected David knowing that he would not be available until the 1989-90 season.

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David went from being a solitary engineer to the glamour of the NBA as well as a starring role in his own Nike Commercial. After graduating in 1987, he was drafted as the number one overall pick by San  Antonio. The San Antonio Spur offers an eight-year $26 million contract. As a junior, he led his team to the Elite Eight of the National Collegiate Athletic tournament. David managed to average 22.7 points and 13 rebounds per game and dominated on the defensive end by setting NCAA records for most blocks in a game, most blocks in the season as well as most career blocks.

In 1989 David became a member of a Spurs team that had won only twenty-one games. Moreover, he helped the Spurs to turn around in his rookie year he averaged 24.3 points twelve rebounds as well as 3.9 blocks per game and led his team to fifty-six wins the highest one-season turnaround in league history. In addition to basketball, over seven years David became one of the premiere players in the NBA. From 1990-1996, David played in the NBA All-Star Game.

In 1997, his chances for an NBA championship improved greatly even after the Spurs faced disappointment during the 1996-97 season with Davis sidelined by injury and Tim Duncan was drafted seven-footer. The following season the Spurs finally reached the NBA finals after defeating the New York Knick in five games to win the 1999 championship. In 2000 the Spurs lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs, primarily because Tim was out with an injury.

David’s Career highlight

  • After one year of high school basketball, David attended the Naval Academy and played basketball all four years, (1983-84 & 1986-87)
  • He was selected first overall in the NBA draft of the San Antonio Spurs (1987)
  • He served two additional years at Kings Bay Naval Base, (1988-89)
  • He participated in the Olympic Games, (1988, 1992 & 1996)
  • He starting center for the San Antonio Spurs, (1989)

How did David attain his Award?

  1. 1985-86 & 1986-87  Associated Press All-American
  2. 1987 Naismith and Wooden Awards as the College Player of the Year
  3. 1989-90 NBA Rookie of the Year
  4. NBA All-Defensive First Team in 1990-91, 1991-92, 1994-95, & 1995-96
  5. 1991-92 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
  6. All NBA First Team in 1990-91, 1991-92, & 1994-95
  7.  All NBA Second Team, in 1993-94, & 1997-98
  8. All NBA Third Team, in 1989-90, & 1992-93
  9. NBA’s Most Valuable Player, in 1994-95
  10. 1996 he was Named by the league as one of its 50 Greatest Players in NBA History,
  11. 1990-98 Eight-time NBA All-Star

David Robinson’s impact on the society

David struggled with nagging back and knee problems in the latter stages of his career. Despite, his decline due to his new role on the team, he continued doing a great job for his team. Regardless,  of his on-court performance, the Admiral has shown everyone that he is a special person. In 1991, David made a deal with ninety-one fifth-graders from San Antonio’s Gates Elementary School if they graduated from high school. He donated $2000 to each of their college educations. Furthermore, he married Valerie Hoggatt the same year, the following year, together with his wife established the David Robinson Foundation which gives grants to schools, homeless shelters as well as children’s charities, including a $9 million gift in 2001, to build a prep school in San Antonio. David is well known as a philanthropist, he was also a business partner Daniel Bassichis donate 10% of their profits to charitable causes.

Who is the wife of David Robinson?

David is married to Valerie Hoggatt and they have three sons namely; David Robinson Jr. Justin Robinson and Corey Robinson

Who were the parents of David Robinson?

David is the son of Freda Robinson and Ambrose Robinson.

Does David Robinson have Siblings?

Yes, David has two brothers namely; Herrmann and Chuck

David Robinson’s networth

David has a net worth of $230 million

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