Cliff Robinson is one of only three NBA players 6'10 or taller with more than 1,200 three-pointers made in his career. But don't call him a stretch four.
Robinson, who played 18 NBA seasons, used his shooting range as a tool to earn minutes in a crowded rotation early in his career, but he never saw himself as strictly a specialist.
"I also scored almost 20,000 points in my career, and that wasn't just from shooting three-pointers," Robinson said.
Entering the league as a young player on a championship-contending Portland Trail Blazers team, Robinson needed to be versatile to break into a rotation that included established NBA players like Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, Buck Williams and others. But the foundation of his success was his sweet perimeter jumper and, unlike many big men in his era, he wasn't afraid to show that off.
"For me, I always worked on that shot and had the confidence to take it if I was open," Robinson said. "A lot of times, you see big guys who work on the shot and who can make it in practice, but they don't have the confidence to take them in games. I always felt like if I'm going to work on this, I'm going to have the confidence to take it."
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