As the countdown continues of the NBA Draft x Sneakerfiles Best Draft Picks of All Time, we bring to you our number 8 pick, who goes by a couple nicknames: “The Admiral”, and when he is with Tim Duncan, “The Twin Towers” we introduce to you David Robinson.
David Robinson was born on August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida, and since his dad was in the Navy, Robinson moved around a lot. Robinson started his high school days attending Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia, and his senior year was a standout player. But Basketball was not the only thing he was about, Robinson scored 1320 on the SAT and went to the United States Naval Academy to later major in Mathematics.
In the 1987 NBA Draft, David Robinson was selected first overall by the San Antonio Spurs, but he had to finish his 2 year commitment in the U.S. Navy. Fast forward to the 1989 – 1990 season, David Robinson helped turn the Spurs around to a winning season while averaging 24.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists. He later became the Rookie of the Year.
David Robinson’s first signature shoe released in 1991, which was the Nike Air Command Force, a sneaker meant for all obstacles on the court. Nike really went all out with the pump system and speckled outsole by the heel. The padding was another addition, which really helped The Admiral. The Air Command Force was also worn by Billy Hoyle in the movie “White Men Can’t Jump”. Sadly a Retro has not released yet, but you never know with Nike.