James Robinson

James Robinson

Born: April 28, 1941
Died: May 23, 2013 (at age 72)

Flynn James Robinson (born April 28, 1941 - May 23, 2013) was an American professional basketball player.


A native of Elgin, Illinois, Robinson graduated in 1959 from Elgin High School. He was the leading scorer for the high school's conference-championship teams of 1958 and 1959 and among the first class inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame.

Robinson attended Southern Illinois University. He then attended Casper College before transferring to the University of Wyoming. A 6'1" guard at Wyoming, Robinson was a three-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honoree. He averaged 26.2 points per game as a sophomore, 25.6 points as a junior and 27 points as a senior. His 2,049 points place him third on Wyoming's all-time scoring list, and in 2005 he was named to the school's All-Century team.

Robinson played seven seasons (1966-1973) in the National Basketball Association and one season (1973-1974) in the now-defunct American Basketball Association. He averaged 14.5 points per game and 3.1 assists per game during his NBA/ABA career.

The 15th pick in the 1965 NBA draft, Robinson made his NBA debut with the Cincinnati Royals in 1966.

In the 1969-70 season, Robinson averaged a career high 21.8 points per game and was selected to the 1970 NBA All-Star Game, the only All-Star game he would play in. He also led the NBA in free throw percentage that season.

Robinson played for the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks' broadcaster, Eddie Doucette, called him the "Electric Eye".

Robinson was a reserve behind Jerry West and Gail Goodrich for the Los Angeles Lakers team that won a league-record 33 consecutive games and later won an NBA championship with the team in 1972, playing on what has been considered one of the NBA's Top Ten Teams of all time. When he joined the Lakers, their broadcaster, Chick Hearn, called him "Instant Points".

In January 2005, Robinson was named to Wyoming's All-Century Team.


Robinson died on May 23, 2013 in Los Angeles of multiple myeloma. He was 72 and is survived by his wife, Nancy Pitts-Robinson, four brothers and two sisters.

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