When Robinson did join the San Antonio Spurs, his impact was immediate, as the Spurs had the single greatest improvement in wins from one season to another with 35 more victories and a playoff berth. He later earned the title of MVP in 1995 and in 1996 earned a place among the NBA’s 50 greatest players. Canton, Ohio, the home of the NBA Hall of Fame, welcomed him two years ago as part of the 2009 class, cementing his legacy. He had a great mind, an impossibly rare combination of size, brut force, and quickness, and the personality of a gentleman. What he initially lacked was street credibility, as algorithms and engineering don’t normally translate into marketability.