David Robinson, known as The Admiral because of his service in the US Navy, is considered one of the greatest centers to ever play basketball. Robinson enrolled at the US Naval Academy in 1983, when he was not recruited by major basketball schools. While at Annapolis, he grew from 198 cm (6-6) to 216 cm (7-1), and became a force as a center. Robinson was the #1 overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, chosen by the San Antonio Spurs. He had to fulfill a two-year service commitment, which was a Naval Academy compromise, and less than the usual five-year commitment required of Midshipmen.
Robinson played for 14 years in the NBA, all with the Spurs, helping them win NBA titles in 1999 and 2003. He was a 10-time NBA All-Star (1990-96, 1998, 2000-01), and was named All-NBA First team in 1991-92, and 1995-96. He was chosen as the NBA’s MVP in 1995 and was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. Robinson was chosen NBA Rookie of the Year in 1990 and was given the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2001. He was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and his #50 was retired by the San Antonio Spurs.
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