Francisco Marinho Robby Elson (born February 28, 1976) is a Dutch retired professional basketball player. Elson was the seventh Dutch player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Elson served as the captain of the Netherlands national basketball team in international basketball, as he led the team in several EuroBasket qualifying rounds. He was the first Dutch player to become NBA champion, with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.
Elson with the Spurs in 2007
|Born||February 28, 1976|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||Maria Regina Mavo|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|Number||56, 16, 9, 8|
|1999–2001||FC Barcelona Regal|
|2002–2003||Caja San Fernando|
|2006–2008||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,726 (3.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,638 (3.5 rpg)|
|Blocks||255 (0.5 bpg)|
Elson started his career at AMVJ Rotterdam at the age of twelve. After a couple of years playing he stopped. His gym teacher at the Maria School asked him to return to the club at the age of sixteen.
Elson was a member of the Dutch Under-20 National Team. He played two seasons at Kilgore Junior College in Texas before completing his college at the University of California, Berkeley. As a senior, he helped lead the Bears to the NIT Championship. Elson was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft from Cal by the Denver Nuggets, but did not commence play with them until the 2003–04 campaign. He played four years in Spain:
- 1999–2001 with FC Barcelona averaging 3.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 32 games for his first season and 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 34 games for the second.
- 2001–02 with Pamesa Valencia averaging 4.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 34 games.
- 2002–03 with Caja San Fernando averaging 9.7 point and 8.2 rebounds in 34 games.
Over his first two seasons with Denver, he averaged 3.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. In 2005–06, his third season with the Nuggets, Elson played in 72 games, starting in 54 games. He averaged 21.9 minutes, 4.9 points (on 53.2% shooting) and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Elson gained notoriety during Denver's 2004 playoff series with Minnesota through his physical attempts to contain Kevin Garnett. Elson knocked Garnett into the seats behind the basket with a hard foul early in a game and later in the game was hit in the groin by Garnett. Elson caused controversy when he described Garnett as "gay" for the groin shot. Elson later apologized to the gay and lesbian community for his comments.
On January 27, 2012, Elson was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers to provide the team with front-court depth because of injuries at the position. He signed two 10-day contracts, then was not re-signed for a third time after Spencer Hawes returned from injury.
On June 20, 2013, Elson's retirement was announced on Dutch websites. He later stated that his retirement was just from international basketball. In March 2014, his retirement became official.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes season in which Elson won an NBA championship|
- Francisco Elson's Bio on NBA.com Retrieved on September 15, 2008. Archived April 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- "Francisco Elson, Spurs player with Suriname ties, inspires fan frenzy for NBA finals". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. June 14, 2007. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007.
- Spurs sign Francisco Elson, spurs.com, August 2, 2006
- Elson apologizes to gay and lesbian community, Associated Press, April 29, 2004
- Nuggets Don't Match on Elson, WOAI[permanent dead link], July 21, 2006
- ESPN – Spurs get Kurt Thomas from SuperSonics for Barry, Elson and draft pick – NBA
- "Bucks sign Francisco Elson". NBA.com. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
- "Sixers Complete Four Player Trade with Milwaukee". NBA.com. February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
- "Jazz signs Francisco Elson". NBA.com. September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Tony Jones [@tribjazz] (April 13, 2011). "Jazz's Elson will not have offseason surgery on left knee. Still swollen, though. Will rest and receive treatment in Netherlands" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Sixers sign free agent big man Elson". CSNPhilly.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- "Turner's role is decreasing". Phillyburbs.com. March 2, 2012. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "Francisco Elson kondigt afscheid aan". Nusport.nl (in Dutch). June 22, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "Francisco Elson: People need to stand up". Basketball+ (in Dutch). Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "SAS: Elson: "Ik ben nu definitief gestopt"". Sportamerika.nl (in Dutch). March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.