Alvin Robertson has had a history of off-court problems, during and after his NBA career. Because of it, many forget how good he was as a basketball player.
Today, Spurs World looks back at Robertson’s career with the San Antonio Spurs.
How good was he?
The former Spurs guard is one of only four players in NBA history to record a quadruple-double, and is the only guard to have done so.
On February 18, 1986, Robertson posted up 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a game against the Phoenix Suns and is the only player to have recorded the feat with steals rather than blocks.
Aside from that memorable game, Robertson was a consistent player with a good ability to drive to the basket and play defense better than any guard in the game during his prime.
In only his second season, Robertson led the league in steals, averaging 4.0 per game. He would then lead the league again the next season by averaging three steals per game.
Robertson averaged at least 3.0 steals per game for four consecutive seasons and still hold the top career steals-per-game average in the NBA with 2.71 per contest in 779 career games.
In 1985–86 NBA season, the former Spur claimed two individual awards. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player of the year in a single season.
He averaged a career-high 20.0 points per game in 1987-88 and would average at least five rebounds and five assists per game for six consecutive seasons, four with the Spurs.
On top of that, Robertson was also a four-time All-Star. Only George Gervin, David Robinson and Tim Duncan have represented the Spurs in more All-Star games than him.
His playing days maybe over, and his off court issues have piled up; but that doesn’t mean we should forget how good he was when he wore the silver and black.