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by: SAM FORENCICH/GETTY IMAGES - Clifford Robinson, newly retired from NBA play in this November 2007 photo, greets Rasheed Wallace and other players before a game.Dec. 16, 1966

Clifford Robinson

(age 47)

"Uncle Cliffy" spent eight seasons with the Trail Blazers, going from young buck to top reserve to starter to team leader, and evolving his game to where he became one of the tallest 3-point threats to date in the NBA.

Robinson, born in Buffalo, starred for UConn before the Blazers made him a second-round draft pick, the 36th player taken overall, in 1989.

He played for Portland from 1989-97, already showing his Ironman abilities and inside-out game.

He was NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1993 and an NBA All-Star in 1994.

He wound up playing 1,380 games for five teams before calling it quits in 2007.

He was a two-time all-defensive NBA player selection, too.

His career averages were 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 1.03 blocks per game.