Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 17 Truck Robinson (New Orleans)

  • Seasons with the franchise: Two (1977-78 to 1978-79)
  • Regular-season games played: 125
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 23.2 points, 14.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.1 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 45.8 from the field, 67.1 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with New Orleans: None

While Truck Robinson evidently wasn’t all that happy as a Jazzman, requesting a trade after the 1977-78 season, he was certainly prolific in New Orleans.

During that 1977-78 season, in which he somehow managed to play all 82 games while averaging 44.4 minutes per game, the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Robinson scored 22.7 points per game to go along with 15.7 rebounds per game.

That rebounding average was good for No. 1 in the NBA that season and helped the former second-rounder out of Tennessee State secure a nod as a first-time All-Star. He also earned All-NBA First Team honors for his efforts that season while finishing in a tie for eighth place in the MVP voting.