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What Happened to Milwaukee Bucks Star Glenn Robinson, Who Signed the Largest NBA Rookie Contract?

The Milwaukee Bucks have had a list of great players play for them in the past. In 1994, the Bucks had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and selected Glenn Robinson.

Robinson had a successful career with the Bucks, where he made multiple All-Star teams. He spent the majority of his NBA career in Milwaukee and became a top player with the Bucks.

Glenn Robinson had a great college career

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Robinson played his college basketball at Purdue University, where he was a standout athlete. As a sophomore, he led Purdue with 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He led the team to an 18-10 record in the regular season and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Robinson received First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-American honors.

During his junior season, Robinson had a breakout year. He averaged 30.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game and became the first player since 1978 to lead the Big Ten in both categories. He led Purdue to a Big Ten Conference title and an Elite Eight appearance. Robinson led the nation in scoring that season and became the conference’s all-time single-season points leader with 1,030 points. He was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year and received the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Award.

After two years at Purdue, he became the only player to have more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 steals, 100 assists, and 50 blocked shots in a career. In September of 2010, the Big Ten Network named Robinson Icon No. 35 on its list of biggest icons in Big Ten Conference history.

Glenn Robinson joining the Milwaukee Bucks

During the 1994 NBA draft, Robinson became the first Purdue player to be selected as the first pick since Joe Barry Carroll in 1980. Robinson signed a rookie-record 10-year, $68 million contract that is still the richest NBA rookie contract. In his first year, Robinson had an impressive season. He finished the season averaging 21.9 points, and 6.4 rebounds per game Robinson finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Grant Hill and Jason Kidd. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team.

Robinson spent his first eight seasons in Milwaukee and played in two All-Star games in 2000 and 2001. During the 1997-98 season, he averaged a career-high 23.4 points per game. In 2001, he helped lead the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The end of an impressive career

After having success in Milwaukee, Robinson was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in 2002. In his lone season with the Hawks, he averaged 20.8 points and shot a career-high 87.6 percent from the free-throw line. The next season he was traded to the 76ers where he played and started in 42 games averaging 16.6 points. During the 2004-05 season, he did not suit up for the 76ers because of an injury. He was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2005 but was immediately waived from the team.

In April of 2005, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs to provide veteran leadership during the playoffs. He was a part of the Spurs team that won the 2005 NBA title. Robinson ended his career out on top as a champion. He finished his career with 14,234 points, averaging 20.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

Robinson put together a successful career during his time in the league. He also has some talented children as well. His son, Glenn III, currently plays for the 76ers, his younger son, Gelen, played football at Purdue and signed with the CFL BC Lions in 2018, and his daughter Jaimie competes in track and field.