Cliff Robinson (basketball, born 1966)

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Clifford Robinson
No. 3, 30
Forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1966-12-16) December 16, 1966 (age 47)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American
Career information
High school Riverside (Buffalo, New York)
College Connecticut (1985–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career 1989–2007
Career history
19891997 Portland Trail Blazers
19972001 Phoenix Suns
20012003 Detroit Pistons
20032005 Golden State Warriors
20052007 New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 19,591
Rebounds 6,306
Assists 3,094
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clifford Ralph "Cliff" Robinson (born December 16, 1966) is a former American professional basketball player, formerly of the National Basketball Association.

Basketball career

Robinson holds career numbers of 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 1.03 blocks. His 1,380 games played are the 9th most all time in the NBA.citation needed Robinson was one of only two players drafted in the 1980s that was still active in the league in 2007, with the other being Kevin Willis.1 He played in the NBA Playoffs in all but one of his 18 seasons in the league.citation needed

At 6'10", he was the tallest player to make more than 1,000 three-pointers until he was surpassed by Dirk Nowitzki;citation needed Robinson made 1,253 threes in his career.

University of Connecticut

Robinson played collegiately at the University of Connecticut. In 1988, UConn won the NIT Championship and Robinson was named to the all-tournament team.2 Robinson was later named to UConn's All-Century men's Basketball team.2 On February 5, 2007, Robinson's number "00" was retired at Gampel Pavilion during halftime of a UConn basketball game against the Syracuse Orange as part of the "Huskies of Honor" ceremony which recognized personal accomplishments of 13 former players and three coaches.3

NBA

Robinson was selected with the 36th overall pick (2nd round) in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Robinson played for the Trail Blazers for eight seasons. Portland made the playoffs each year Robinson was on the team, and played in the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Robinson won the 1992-93 Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 19.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and a career-best 1.99 blocks per game.45 He was an All Star with the team in 1994.5 Following game 4 of the 1992 Western Conference Finals against the Utah Jazz, Robinson performed a victory dance that he later told press was named the "Uncle Cliffy."6 The nickname stuck with Robinson for the rest of his career.7

Robinson signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent on August 25, 1997,5 where he remained for four more seasons. The highlight of his tenure with the Suns was registering a career-best 50 points against the Denver Nuggets on January 16, 2000.5 He became the oldest player at 33 years of age and two months to register his first 50-point game.5

Robinson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on June 29, 2001 in exchange for Jud Buechler and John Wallace.5

He was traded to the Golden State Warriors on August 21, 2003, along with Pepe Sanchez, in exchange for Bob Sura.5

On February 14, 2005, Golden State traded Robinson to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks.5 He was released by the Nets in July 2007.1 Robinson then retired.8

Post-NBA career

In 2014, Robinson was named to a team assembled by Dennis Rodman as part of his "basketball diplomacy" effort in North Korea with the job of playing an exhibition match against the North Korean Senior National Team to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-un. 9

NBA career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989–90 Portland 82 0 19.1 .397 .273 .550 3.8 .9 .6 .6 9.1
1990–91 Portland 82 11 23.7 .463 .316 .653 4.3 1.8 1.0 .9 11.7
1991–92 Portland 82 7 25.9 .466 .091 .664 5.1 1.7 1.0 1.3 12.4
1992–93 Portland 82 12 31.4 .473 .247 .690 6.6 2.2 1.2 2.0 19.1
1993–94 Portland 82 64 34.8 .457 .245 .765 6.7 1.9 1.4 1.4 20.1
1994–95 Portland 75 73 36.3 .452 .371 .694 5.6 2.6 1.1 1.1 21.3
1995–96 Portland 78 76 38.2 .423 .378 .664 5.7 2.4 1.1 .9 21.1
1996–97 Portland 81 79 38.0 .426 .346 .696 4.0 3.2 1.2 .8 15.1
1997–98 Phoenix 80 64 29.5 .479 .321 .689 5.1 2.1 1.2 1.1 14.2
1998–99 Phoenix 50 35 34.8 .475 .417 .697 4.5 2.6 1.5 1.2 16.4
1999–2000 Phoenix 80 67 35.5 .464 .370 .782 4.5 2.8 1.1 .8 18.5
2000–01 Phoenix 82 82 33.5 .422 .361 .709 4.1 2.9 1.1 1.0 16.4
2001–02 Detroit 80 80 35.7 .425 .378 .694 4.8 2.5 1.1 1.2 14.6
2002–03 Detroit 81 69 34.9 .398 .336 .676 3.9 3.3 1.1 1.1 12.2
2003–04 Golden State 82 82 34.7 .387 .357 .711 4.1 3.3 .9 .9 12.2
2004–05 Golden State 42 29 26.0 .398 .331 .603 2.7 1.8 1.0 .9 8.5
2004–05 New Jersey 29 0 20.7 .361 .379 .692 3.3 1.0 .6 .5 6.0
2005–06 New Jersey 80 13 23.3 .427 .343 .658 3.3 1.1 .6 .5 6.9
2006–07 New Jersey 50 1 19.1 .372 .379 .444 2.4 1.0 .2 .5 4.1
Career 1380 844 30.8 .438 .356 .689 4.6 2.2 1.0 1.0 14.2
All-Star 1 0 18.0 .625 .000 2.0 5.0 1.0 .0 10.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1990 Portland 21 18.6 .358 .000 .558 4.1 1.1 .9 1.1 6.5
1991 Portland 16 0 22.1 .538 .333 .551 3.9 1.1 .4 1.0 10.3
1992 Portland 21 0 24.9 .462 .167 .571 4.2 2.0 1.0 1.0 10.8
1993 Portland 4 0 32.8 .262 .000 .409 4.3 1.5 1.5 1.8 10.3
1994 Portland 4 4 37.3 .412 .222 .875 6.3 2.5 .8 1.5 16.3
1995 Portland 3 3 39.7 .362 .235 .563 6.3 2.7 .7 .3 15.7
1996 Portland 5 5 36.2 .344 .261 .757 3.6 1.6 1.4 1.0 15.2
1997 Portland 4 4 40.3 .362 .188 .688 6.8 3.0 .5 1.0 12.0
1998 Phoenix 4 4 23.0 .273 .000 .778 3.0 .8 .8 .5 6.3
1999 Phoenix 3 3 39.0 .475 .222 .636 5.3 2.7 2.0 .3 15.7
2000 Phoenix 9 9 37.0 .386 .325 .733 6.0 2.1 1.2 .8 17.6
2001 Phoenix 4 4 28.5 .420 .250 .636 4.0 1.0 1.5 .5 15.0
2002 Detroit 10 10 40.9 .363 .340 .800 3.0 2.9 1.8 1.9 13.2
2003 Detroit 17 17 30.8 .358 .373 .595 2.7 2.9 .9 .8 9.3
2005 New Jersey 4 0 17.8 .407 .286 1.000 2.5 1.3 .8 .3 7.0
2006 New Jersey 8 0 24.8 .333 .316 .800 3.3 .6 1.1 .4 4.5
2007 New Jersey 4 0 5.0 .167 .500 .0 .0 .3 .0 .8
Career 141 27.6 .393 .298 .629 3.9 1.8 1.0 .9 10.3

Suspensions

Robinson was arrested for marijuana possession and driving under the influence in February 2001 and received a one-game suspension.10 Robinson was also suspended five games in February 2005 while playing for Golden State, and was suspended for five games during the NBA playoffs on May 12, 2006 for violating terms of the league's drug policy for the second time in two seasons.11

Personal life

On September 21, 2003, Robinson married Heather Lufkins on the island of Barbados.12

Survivor

Robinson was a contestant on the 28th installment of the American reality television series, Survivor. He was the fifth contestant of the season to be voted out, finishing in 14th place.

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