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Dave Robisch

Dave Robisch
No. 25, 12, 24, 40, 35
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1949-12-22) December 22, 1949
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Springfield (Springfield, Illinois)
College Kansas (1968–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1971–1984
Career history
19711975 Denver Rockets / Nuggets (ABA)
1975 San Diego Sails (ABA)
1975–1978 Indiana Pacers (ABA and NBA)
1977–1979 Los Angeles Lakers
19791980 Cleveland Cavaliers
1980–1983 Denver Nuggets
1984 San Antonio Spurs
1984 Kansas City Kings
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 10,581 (11.4 ppg)
Rebounds 6,173 (6.6 rpg)
Assists 1,655 (1.8 apg)
Stats at

David George Robisch (born December 22, 1949) is a retired American professional basketball player in the ABA and NBA.[1] Robisch played at the University of Kansas, where he was initiated into the Sigma Nu fraternity. He was positioned at center and forward for the Denver Rockets/Denver Nuggets (1971–75 and 1980–83), Indiana Pacers (1975–76 and 1976–77), Baltimore Claws (1975), San Diego Sails (1976), Los Angeles Lakers (1977–79), Cleveland Cavaliers (1979–80), San Antonio Spurs (1983) and Kansas City Kings (1984).

He helped the Nuggets win the 1974-75 ABA Western Division.

On October 8, 1975 Robisch was part of one of the more infamous trades in ABA history. The Baltimore Claws, despite financial problems, had obtained the rights to star Dan Issel from the Kentucky Colonels. The Claws were unable to come through with the $500,000 they owed the Colonels for Issel. Under pressure from the league, the Claws traded Issel to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Robisch and $500,000 (which was used to pay the Kentucky Colonels the money owed for Issel).


  • Ranks 1st on ABA Career Turnover Ratio List (7.9).
  • Ranks 9th on ABA Career Blocks Per Game List (.7).
  • Ranks 15th on ABA Career Rebound Rate List (14.2).

In 13 seasons he played in 930 games and played 22,780 minutes, having a 46.4% field goal percentage (3,997 for 8,620), a 79.8% free throw percentage (2,587 for 3,241), 6,173 total rebounds (1,992 offensive, 4,181 defensive), 1,656 assists, 986 turnovers, 2,069 personal fouls and 10,581 points.

Robisch is currently an elected official in Springfield, Illinois, serving as a Trustee of Capital Township. His wife, Lou, is an administrator for Sangamon County, and their sons Scott and Brett both played college basketball.

Robisch is a 1967 graduate of Springfield High School.

In 2006, Robisch was voted as one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, a group of former players and coaches in honor of the 100 anniversary of the IHSA boys basketball tournament.


  1. ^ "Indiana excites Dave Robisch".  

External links

  • Career statistics at
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