Spotlight on 2012 NBA Draft Prospects: Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson

School: Kansas  |  Year: Junior  |  Age: 21  |  Born: 03/18/1991  |  Position: PF
Height: 6’9”  |  Weight: 240  |  From: Washington, DC  |  Best Case Scenario: Kevin Love

2011-12 39 6.7 13.3 50.5% 0.2 0.4 50.0% 4.2 6.1 68.2% 17.7
2010-11 33 3.1 5.1 60.1% 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.9 51.0% 7.6
2009-10 33 1.0 2.1 48.5% 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.3 39.5% 2.5

2011-12 31.8 2.9 9.0 11.9 1.8 1.1 0.9 2.7 1:1.4
2010-11 14.6 2.2 4.2 6.4 0.6 0.4 0.7 1.3 1:2.2
2009-10 7.2 1.0 1.6 2.7 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.8 1:2.9

Thomas Robinson is a hyper-athletic, enormous power forward with great build, standing at 6’9”, 240 pounds with a 37” vertical leap. He has an excellent frame and has already filled in very well, possessing NBA level strength while having room to gain around 10 more pounds of muscle over the next few years. Robinson is known for his inspiring leadership and team mentality, having an excellent motor, always hustling after loose balls and never giving half effort. He really makes the most of his strength by keeping a low center of gravity, making him an unmovable object for opposing teams.

Great at getting inside position, gets the ball close to the hoop and uses his strength to overpower his opponent. He can catch the ball on the high post and put the ball on the floor and get to the rim with great efficiency. He does not shy away from contact and is excellent when finishing through multiple defenders. His athleticism makes him a constant alley-oop threat, and his amazing dunking ability gives him an ability to finish at the rim that few other players have. His post up game is very developed for a college player; his extra time spent at Kansas has helped him to develop into arguably the best offensive player on the low block. He uses a large repertoire of post moves that he mixes up well to keep his defender guessing. Robinson uses the shot fake extremely well, keeping his defender off balance, and is able to use both the left and right-handed hook shot effectively. He does not waste time to make a move when getting the ball on the block.

Robinson has a very fluid face-up jump shot that he has confidence shooting from out to 15-18 feet. This season Robinson has shown an ability to hit the open three-pointer, and he has the ability to become an effective long-range shooter, similar to how Kevin Love has become a three-point threat in the NBA. His effective shooting forces his defender to choose to either take away the shot and risk getting beat off the dribble, or to give Robinson open jump shots. As he continues to polish his jump shot, he has the potential to develop into an extremely dangerous face-up scorer at the NBA level.

Robinson runs the floor very well and is great in transition. He cleans up the boards very effectively and has become one of the top rebounders in the country, his elite strength and motor making him a pest for opposing teams. He is very smart about knowing where to be at all times, and has tremendous rebounding instincts while pursuing the ball relentlessly.

Robinson possesses excellent court vision and is able to anticipate double teams on him before they happen, finding the open man and setting him up with open looks. He is a very unselfish basketball player, and has a team mentality that all NBA scouts are seeking. He is a deceptively good dribbler for his position, and uses an explosive first step to blow past his defender, usually getting him off balance with a shot fake before driving.

Robinson has a lot of room to grow defensively as he possesses all the necessary tools to be a great interior defender. He has shown glimpses of being a good help side defender, and anticipates passes well and is effective when trapping. His tremendous athleticism makes him a good shot blocker at times, but this has been an area that he needs to develop more consistency at. His strength makes him very tough to back down on the low block, but he needs to keep good balance to keep his opponents from getting by him. He possesses good foot speed for a big man and fast hands, and does a good job of moving his body with his opponent. Because of his high motor, Robinson has the potential to be a beast in the paint on the defensive end in the NBA.

In his junior season for the Jayhawks, Thomas Robinson is averaging 17.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1 block, 1.1 steals in 31.6 minutes per game. He is shooting 52% from the field, 46% from three-point range, and 68% from the free throw line.

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