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Oscar Robertson

Russell Hoban, 4 Feb 1925 - 13 Dec 2011
Oscar Palmer Robertson, born 24 Nov 1938
Casein on Masonite
Sight: 94.9 x 67.9cm (37 3/8 x 26 3/4")
Frame: 100.3 x 73.7 x 4.4cm (39 1/2 x 29 x 1 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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Few players in basketball history have rivaled the talent and versatility of the NBA All-Star known to fans as "The Big O." Averaging upwards of twenty-five points per game during fourteen stellar seasons with the Cincinnati Royals (1960-70) and the Milwaukee Bucks (1970-74), Oscar Robertson amassed a career record of 26,710 points to become the top-scoring guard of all time. His superb playmaking and rebounding skills coupled with his phenomenal ability to sink baskets from virtually anywhere on the court, made him both a defensive weapon and an offensive threat. Although some of his achievements have since been equaled or exceeded, Robertson continues to hold one of the most remarkable records in all of pro basketball, for he is the only player ever to have double digit averages in scoring, rebounding, and assists-a "triple-double"-throughout an entire season.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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NPG, South Gallery 342 Mezzanine