Today in Sports History: December 26

By Brandon Zhu

In 1997, San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson scored 24 points to pass the 15,000-point plateau for his career. Robinson finished his career with 20,790 total points. Robinson played his entire 14 season career with the San Antonio Spurs, he averaged an impressive 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists throughout his career. In his rookie season, Robinson won Rookie of the Year after averaging 24.3 points, 12 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 3.9 blocks. The Spurs won 35 more games than the previous season and Robinson played a huge role in helping the franchise become successful. He guided the Spurs to two NBA titles in 1999 and 2003. Robinson and Tim Duncan led the Spurs to their first franchise title in 1999, defeating the Orlando Magic in five games. In game 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals, Robinson’s last career game, he scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Spurs win their second championship. Robinson’s other accolades include 10x All-NBA Team selections, NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992), 8x NBA All-Defensive Team selections, NBA MVP (1995), and 10x NBA All-Star. Robinson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and his no.50 was retired by the San Antonio Spurs.

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