Alvin Robertson

Alvin Robertson
Personal information
Born (1962-07-22) July 22, 1962
Barberton, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Barberton (Barberton, Ohio)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 1984–2000
Position Shooting guard
Number 21, 3, 7
Career history
19841989 San Antonio Spurs
19891993 Milwaukee Bucks
1993 Detroit Pistons
1995–1996 Toronto Raptors
1996–1997 Florida Beach Dogs
2000 San Antonio Bombers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 10,882 (14.0 ppg)
Rebounds 4,066 (5.2 rpg)
Steals 2,112 (2.7 spg)
Stats at

Alvin Cyrrale Robertson (born July 22, 1962) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 1993, and for one final season in 1995–96. Robertson holds the record for the most steals per game played, averaging 2.71 steals per game for his career. He is also one of four players in NBA history to have recorded a quadruple double.


Best known for his defense, the 6'3" Robertson played for ten years after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the seventh pick in the 1984 NBA draft out of Crowder Junior College and the University of Arkansas. After five seasons with the Spurs, He finished out his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors. He also was a member of 1984 U.S. Olympic gold-medal team.

In 1986, Robertson became the inaugural winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award. This also marked the first of four National Basketball Association All-Star Game appearances for the guard (the others coming in 1987, 1988, and 1991). He also won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1986,[1] and led the league in steals in 1986, 1987 and 1991. Robertson still holds the top career steals-per-game average in the NBA, with 2.71 per contest over 779 career games.[2]

Robertson twice led the league in steals. In 1985–86 he averaged a league-leading 3.7 steals per game,[3] a major factor in his earning the Defensive Player of the Year honor and being selected second-team All-NBA, one of only seven players in Spurs' history to have been selected first, second or third-team All-NBA. He was a four-time All-Star.[4]

Robertson led the Spurs in steals four of the five seasons he was with the club, three times averaging more than three per game.[3] Though he played only five seasons in San Antonio, he ranks second in club history in total steals, with 1,129. During his San Antonio days, he also recorded a steal in a then-NBA-record 105 consecutive games; Chris Paul surpassed it by recording a steal in 108 consecutive games from 20072008.[5]

A multi-dimensional player, Robertson is one of only four NBA players to record a quadruple-double (double digits in four statistical categories in a single game) when he registered 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals while playing for the Spurs against the Phoenix Suns on February 18, 1986.[6] He is also the only player to do so with steals as the fourth category (the other three were with blocks).[7]

During the 1993–94 season, the Detroit Pistons traded Robertson to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Mark Macon and Marcus Liberty. However, he never actually saw any playing time for the Nuggets due to pre-existing back injuries.[8]

Robertson scored the first points in Toronto Raptors' history. Ed Pinckney won the franchise's opening tip-off against the New Jersey Nets, Robertson hit a three-pointer, and the Raptors were ahead 3–0.[9]

Personal life

Robertson is the father of Tyrell Johnson, 2008 NFL 2nd round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings.[10] He is also the father of Elgin Cook, a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. His brother, Ken Robertson, played basketball for Cleveland State University.[11]

Legal problems

Robertson has had a history of off-court problems, during and after his career. In August 1997, he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges of abusing a former girlfriend and was sentenced to one year in prison.[12] He also spent a month in jail during the 1990 NBA off-season on domestic assault charges against his then-wife. Robertson was arrested again in San Antonio in January 2007, on a variety of charges, several related to domestic violence.[13]

On February 26, 2010, Robertson was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a child, trafficking an underage child for purposes of sex and forcing a sexual performance by a child. Authorities claim that Robertson was part of a ring that kidnapped a 14-year-old girl from San Antonio, forced her to have sex with clients and to dance at a Corpus Christi strip club in 2009. The girl escaped her alleged captors, prompting an investigation.[14][15] Robertson was found not guilty of all charges on November 30, 2015.[16]

See also


  1. "Defensive Player of the Year". Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
  2. "Regular Season Records: Steals". Archived from the original on 20 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
  3. 1 2 "Season Leaders for Steals Per Game". Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
  4. Monroe, Mike (2007-02-20). "Top 30 NBA Spurs — No. 10: Alvin Robertson". Retrieved 2007-04-21.
  6. "San Antonio Spurs History". Archived from the original on 24 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  7. "Nate Thurmond's Most MemoraBull Game". 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
  8. Retrieved on April 20, 2007.
  9. Lankhof, Bill. "Constant change". SLAM! sports. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  10. Tyrell Johnson: Forgotten Man Gains Ground
  11. UT Faces Cleveland State's Run-And-Stun Style"
  12. "Robertson Sentenced to Jail". New York Times. 1997-08-19. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  13. "Former Spurs star Robertson arrested on six warrants". 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  14. "Ex-NBA All-Star accused of sex trafficking". 2010-02-26. Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  15. Ex-Spur Arrested In Human Trafficking Probe

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