Truck Robinson

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Truck Robinson
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Robinson in 1975
Personal information
Born (1951-10-04) October 4, 1951 (age 70)
Jacksonville, Florida
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school William M. Raines
(Jacksonville, Florida)
College Tennessee State (1970–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1974–1985
Position Power forward
Number33, 21, 23
Coaching career2009–2012
Career history
As player:
19741977 Washington Bullets
1977 Atlanta Hawks
19771979 New Orleans Jazz
19791982 Phoenix Suns
19821985 New York Knicks
As coach:
20092012 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,988 (15.5 ppg)
Rebounds 7,267 (9.4 rpg)
Assists 1,348 (1.7 apg)
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Leonard Eugene "Truck" Robinson (born October 4, 1951) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Washington Bullets (1974–77), Atlanta Hawks (1977), New Orleans Jazz (1977–79), Phoenix Suns (1979–82), and New York Knicks (1982–85).


In 11 seasons Robinson played in 772 games, stayed 25,141 minutes on the court and had a .483 field goal percentage (4,816 for 9,971), .662 free throw percentage (2,355 for 3,556), 7,267 total rebounds (1,985 offensive and 5,282 defensive), 1,348 assists, 533 steals, 510 blocks, 2,253 personal fouls and 11,988 points. He ranks in the NBA's top 100 lists for career rebounds, defensive rebounds and career rebounds per game.

He was an Eastern Conference champion in 1975 with the Bullets. In the 1977-78 season he led the NBA in minutes played (3,638), defensive rebounds (990), total rebounds (1,288) and rebounds per game (15.7), in addition to being named to the All-NBA First Team and East All-Star Team the same season. He was also named to the West All-Star Team in 1981, the year he and the Suns won the Pacific Division.

Following his retirement from playing, Robinson served as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings from 2009 to 2012. [1]


Known throughout the league as "Truck", Leonard Robinson used his rugged body, intelligent playmaking, and sure shot to become one of the game's best forwards in the 1970s and 1980s. Fundamentally sound in every area, he had the strength and physical attributes of a power forward along with the mobility of a small forward. He delivered a consistent cargo of offensive firepower and uncanny rebounding for 11 years in the NBA. A two-time All-Star, Robinson had his finest season with the New Orleans Jazz in 1977–78, when he averaged 22.7 points and led the NBA with 15.7 rebounds per game.

After starring at Tennessee State University, Robinson was taken by the Washington Bullets in the second round of the 1974 NBA draft. As a rookie in 1974–75, Robinson had to wait his turn behind Elvin Hayes and Mike Riordan and averaged just 5.8 points in 13.1 minutes per game. He made small contributions on a Bullets team that reached the NBA Finals that year, losing to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

Robinson's playing time doubled in his sophomore season, and his scoring and rebounding numbers improved accordingly. But it wasn't until the 1976–77 campaign, when the Bullets sent Robinson to Atlanta for Tom Henderson and a draft choice, that Robinson established himself as a star. In split duty between the Bullets and Hawks, Robinson averaged 19.0 points and 10.8 rebounds.

Prior to the 1977–78 season Robinson signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz, and the Jazz sent the Hawks' Ron Behagen (and cash) as compensation. In his only full season with the Jazz, Robinson turned in the finest performance of his career. At just 6-foot-7, he became one of the first non-centers ever to lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 15.7 boards per game. He also notched his career-best scoring effort (22.7 ppg), made his first All-Star appearance, and was named to the All-NBA First Team at season's end.

The Jazz, under Coach Elgin Baylor, went 39-43 but missed the playoffs for the fourth time in their four-year history. Robinson started well in 1978–79, averaging 24.2 points and 13.4 rebounds through the first 43 games. But on January 12 the Jazz traded Robinson to the Phoenix Suns for two players and two first-round draft picks. The Suns boasted a deeper roster than the Jazz, and over the season's final 26 games Robinson averaged just 16.0 points in 29.1 minutes per game. Phoenix won 50 games that year and advanced to the Western Conference Finals before losing to Seattle in seven games.

Over his next three seasons with the Suns, Robinson averaged at least 17 points and 9 rebounds each year. Following the 1981–82 campaign he was traded to the New York Knicks for Maurice Lucas. In 1982–83 Robinson suffered through the worst slump of his career, averaging just 9.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Fans began complaining about their "truck with four flat tires" and would often chant "Dump Truck." He played another full season for New York—with similar results—before retiring in 1984–85.

In 11 NBA seasons Robinson amassed 11,988 points and 7,267 rebounds.

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
 * Led the league

Regular season

1974–75 Washington 7613.1.486.5224.
1975–76 Washington 8225.1.454.6726.
1976–77 Washington 4132.4.478.6778.
1976–77 Atlanta 3640.3.478.77212.
1977–78 New Orleans 8244.4*.444.64015.7*
1978–79 New Orleans 4341.4.485.72313.
1978–79 Phoenix 2629.1.508.6428.
1979–80 Phoenix 8233.0.512.6679.
1980–81 Phoenix 8237.7.505.6299.
1981–82 Phoenix 747237.1.5131.000.6879.
1982–83 New York 817630.0.462.5878.
1983–84 New York 656332.8.489.6468.
1984–85 New York 2117.5.400.0004.


1975 Washington 177.6.333.5002.
1976 Washington 719.6.432.8104.
1979 Phoenix 1526.1.403.6528.
1980 Phoenix 321.3.375.7146.
1981 Phoenix 733.3.351.58810.
1982 Phoenix 730.4.563.3007.
1983 New York 634.2.534.57111.
1984 New York 1230.2.514.6008.
Career74 ?23.5.448.6166.

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  1. "Truck Robinson Coaching Stats". Basketball Reference. Retrieved October 4, 2019.