Draft Profile: Thomas Robinson
Old 03-10-2012, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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They list this guy as a power forward, but at 6'9'' and with the combination of athleticism and inside-outside game, I think we could easily transform him into our version of Derrick Williams.

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Strengths: The 6’9, 240 lb Robinson is an impressive physical specimen, with nice strength, a good frame, and adequate length as a prototype PF prospect for today’s NBA … Robinson is also a great athlete, with very good explosiveness and quickness for a guy his size ... Runs the floor well … A high energy player who competes hard, Robinson was able to see time and have relatively great production behind two 1st round picks in the Morris twins at his main positions … Will cut to the basket for high % looks … He can get points around the rim by way of his motor, and his athleticism makes him a good finisher ... Great rebounding skills, with outstanding per-minute rebound rates, and will go out of his immediate area to chase down shots … Not afraid of physical contact down low and will throw his weight around on both ends … Shows signs of a developing mid-range jump shot…Has the 1st step to be a mismatch threat as a straight-line slasher against slower PF’s … Can get free throw opportunities due to his aggressive nature … Not bad defensive ability, and will get a block or so every now and then … Willing to put his nose in for charges … Ability to play through all the distractions that surrounded him last year speaks to his mental toughness … Still has substantial upside remaining … Very good role player potential for the next level as a PF ...

Weaknesses: Robinson is a bit unpolished a player and needs to refine his game some on both ends of floor … He isn’t very skilled as a player on either end yet and is a bit reliant on his athleticism and physical tools … Doesn’t have a reliable post game and can be slowed down significantly when his athleticism is matched by the person he’s matched up against at PF … As a face-up player, his ball-handling skills aren’t very good and his jumper isn’t quite good enough to keep the defense all that honest … Defensively, Robinson competes hard, but he’s also a bit foul prone and will have to get that ironed out before he’s ready to play legit NBA time at PF … Robinson likely will have to iron out his polish on both ends a lot more to be the rotation player in the NBA he could be … Has a lot to prove after not playing much his first 2 years, and will have to show that he’s capable of being as productive as his adjusted stats indicate, while also keeping a rebuilding Kansas team as the crown jewel in the Big 12 ...

Overall: Robinson has a lot to like … He’s impressive physically, athletically, and he plays as hard as any PF in the country … He was productive when he took the floor for KU in limited time, a hard worker who improved a lot as a Soph., and he’s mentally tough after playing through injuries and even the death of his mom and still being productive, and has a developing skill set, but he has to work on polishing his skills more … The potential is there for him to be a solid NBA PF though and he is a likely 1st round pick in the 2012 draft ...

Notes: Measured 6'10 (in shoes) 240 lbs, with a 7'1 wingspan at the 2011 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kansas is on their way to the final four. If only Robinson was made to play the small forward position, then I would kill for the Raptors to take this guy, but the last thing we need is another PF.
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Miles ahead of Ed and Amir in terms of skill set. And miles ahead of Bargnani in terms of heart and toughness.
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People are saying T-Rob doesn't have as high of a ceiling as some of the elite prospects, but I don't see any reason why he can't turn into a Blake Griffin type player or better. He's got an strong NBA body, good height (6'9-6'10) and a great wingspan at 7'1 (Blake has 6'11 wingspan) for the 4. Sure, Blake is more explosive an has big time leaping ability, but Robinson is quicker and has a better motor. For a 21 year old college player, he's also got a good looking post game, that will only get better.

Anyways thats my opinion on him, ahah, I really think he's gonna be a very good pro.
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I am currently praying and fasting that the Raptors do not take Thomas Robinson.

He is one of those big athletes without a position. He will never be a big time scorer or rebounder - he has role player written all over him.

The good thing is the hype machine will probably get him drafted before we draft, which is good for us.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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People are saying T-Rob doesn't have as high of a ceiling as some of the elite prospects, but I don't see any reason why he can't turn into a Blake Griffin type player or better. He's got an strong NBA body, good height (6'9-6'10) and a great wingspan at 7'1 (Blake has 6'11 wingspan) for the 4. Sure, Blake is more explosive an has big time leaping ability, but Robinson is quicker and has a better motor. For a 21 year old college player, he's also got a good looking post game, that will only get better.

Anyways thats my opinion on him, ahah, I really think he's gonna be a very good pro.
i agree...this guy is 100% ready to contribute on day 1. NBA body, very polished. i agree that his ceiling isn't as high as Davis' but i wouldn't be surprised if he's a more productive player out of the gate.
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