There was a time when 7’1″ Robert Swift was a very intriguing talent to NBA GMs. And this talent was enough to convince the Seattle Supersonics to draft him with the 12th overall pick right out of high school. What ensued was an injury-plagued, highly disappointing career that never saw Swift play more than 47 games in a season. He was eventually released by the Oklahoma City Thunder (formerly Sonics) in 2009 and sporadically played for the NBDL’s Bakersfield Jam as well as the Tokyo Apache afterward.
When neither of these stops worked out, Swift moved back into the $1.3 million home that he’d occupied during his Seattle days. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he wisely managed the estimated $20 million that he earned during his career because Swift’s home is now in foreclosure. What’s worse is that he’s refusing to leave the property, which features a bullet hole in the garage, beers cans on the lawn, and several broken-down cars in the driveway.
So not only has the former NBA lottery pick totally trashed a luxurious home in an upscale Seattle neighborhood (Sammamish), but he’s also unwilling to vacate the premises. According to Seattle-based news station KOMO, Swift has one week to move out of the newly-purchased home or police will get involved in the matter. You can see the KOMO News video here.
As the video shows, some of the handiwork that Swift has done on the 4-bedroom, 6,400-square-foot home includes boarded windows, chipped paint everywhere, and water-filled buckets outside. Now this might be how you’d expect a band of frat brothers to take care of a house, but not somebody who just turned 27 years old.
Going back to Swift’s career, he first garnered national attention after leading California’s Garces Memorial High School (Bakersfield, California) to a USA Today top 25 ranking. The big man eventually finished his career at Bakersfield High School and committed to the University of Southern California.
However, he turned down his commitment to USC and instead declared for the 2004 NBA Draft. After being the Sonics’ first pick, he had a largely insignificant rookie season which included 0.9 PPG, 0.4 RPG and 0.4 BPG in 16 games. In his second year, Swift made a big improvement under coach Bob Hill after averaging 6.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 1.19 BPG in 47 contests.
Robert was named the starting center to open the 2006-2007 NBA season. However, he ruptured the ACL in his right knee in the first preseason game and sat out the entire season. He returned in the 2007-2008 season, but tore a lateral meniscus after just eight games. Swift’s final year in the NBA saw him average 4.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 0.9 BPG; however, the Oklahoma City Thunder renounced his rights 26 games into the season.
He then played for the Bakersfield Jam for two games, but left the team after citing personal reasons. Swift last played professional basketball for the Tokyo Apache under his former Sonics coach Bob Hill; the team eventually folded and left Robert Swift without a job. Despite being just 27, he hasn’t played a minute of pro ball since 2010.