Who is David Robinson, the Former NBA Star Presenting Tim Duncan at the 2020 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony?

Published 05/11/2021, 1:09 PM EDT


One half of the “Twin Towers”, David Robinson, was one of the most dominating centers of all time in the game’s history. Along with Tim Duncan, they won the NBA championship twice. For this reason, the “Admiral” is the perfect man to induct Tim Duncan into the NBA Hall of Fame. The two players were unstoppable for six years.

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The 1995 league MVP, notably, worked in the Navy before he began his basketball career. He holds a unique record of being the league’s first player to lead in rebounding, steals, and blocks in a single season.

9 Nov 1999: David Robinson #50 of the San Antonio Spurs walks on the court with teammate Tim Duncan #21during a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 118-89. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport

David Robinson and Tim Duncan’s influence on the Spurs

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Despite playing in the era of Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing, he never lost his identity. Standing at around seven foot tall, his footwork was exemplary while being a dominant force at both ends of the court. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan were one of the main pillars of the San Antonio Spurs.

They spoke about him after the finals of 2002-2003.

“I’m just thrilled that David ended his career with a game like that,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “His effort was really wonderful. He really dug down deep and showed how important it was to him to help us get this victory.”

“For a second there on the court,” Duncan said, “I really thought, ‘You know what, I’m not gonna play with this guy again. I’ll have to come out on this court without him.’ It’s going to be weird.” 

That underrated rookie season

Notably, he finished the game with 13 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks to claim his second NBA title. Moreover, his rookie season was legendary in terms of the numbers he put up. To sum up, he averaged 24.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game. Those numbers were staggering, although he was just 24 years old.

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Having traveled along with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, Robinson and co claimed gold in the 1992 Olympic Games.

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Despite playing for six seasons with Tim Duncan, Robinson is the most suitable candidate to induct Duncan into the Hall of Fame. The duo was simply marvelous for the San Antonio Spurs, in the same vein, respected each other on and off the court.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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