Robert Swift: NBA Failure Leaves Behind Unbelievable Scene at Foreclosed Home

Alex KayCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2013

SEATTLE - FEBRUARY 10:  Robert Swift #31 of the Seattle SuperSonics stands on the court during the game with the Atlanta Hawks at Key Arena on February 10 in Seattle, Washington.  The Sonics won 99-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/Getty Images.
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Robert Swift’s NBA career turned out to be nothing special, but the shape of his foreclosed home is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

According to Jon Humbert of, the former Seattle SuperSonics and Oklahoma City Thunder player has left behind a sad and shocking portrayal of his living conditions for the new owners to sort through and clean up.

Swift moved out of the suburban Seattle home this past weekend under threats of eviction, finally giving us a chance to observe the horrific scene inside.

Chris Chase of USA Today noted that the No. 12 pick in the 2004 draft’s mansion is filled with hundreds of beer cans and cigarette butts, 50-plus bullet casings and a handful of guns, dozens of pizza boxes, piles of trash and even a box filled with letters from prestigious colleges the big man neglected to even open.

Outside, the scene isn't any better. There is an El Camino in the driveway that is unable to move—due to a missing engine. The porch is littered with dog feces and other waste.

There are holes in the interior walls and damage to load-bearing beams—likely the result of a makeshift shooting gallery located in the basement.

It’s borderline disturbing that Swift made approximately $11.5 million (via Basketball-Reference) during his short-lived basketball career, yet he somehow still resided in this state of squalor.

Unfortunately, Swift just never panned out for the organization. The seven-footer finished his four-year tenure in the Association having averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds over the course of 97 total contests.

He was set to become the starting center for the Sonics in 2006-07 but tore the ACL in his right knee that preseason and missed the entire campaign.

Things were never the same after, as Swift put together two more unproductive years before bouncing down to the D-League. He even spent a season in Japan before returning to his Seattle-area abode to squat until he was finally forced out.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Swift’s former residence and its horrid condition, you can check out pictures of the scene on Komonews’ website.