- Oct 1, 2015
And don't forget that Robinson entered the league way late due to his Naval commitment. His rookie year he was already 24 years old, and his college ball was played at small-time Navy. He sat out two years not playing any competitive basketball. Olajuwon played for big-time Houston and came in as a 22-year old rookie.I feel like Robinson never gets his full due in these legacy conversations. Mid 90s DRob was such a force. In 1994, he averaged 30/11/5/2/3, yet, people just remember the Olajuwon pantsing in that 1995 playoff series. As you mentioned, he never really played with an elite group. Elliott, Johnson, etc. were nice players but not stars. And Elliott’s knees went to shit fast, if I recall correctly. Basically, DRob had the same supporting cast issue that KG had in Minny. Once he was paired up with a stud like Duncan, the titles came. The NBA is lucky that this pairing didn’t occur earlier in Robinson’s career.