Leading up to the NBA Draft Lottery on May 30th, we will be profiling each of the top-10 players available in the Draft from 10 to 1. We’ll be discussing each player’s game, and how they could theoretically fit or not fit with the Cavaliers. For Tyler Zeller click here, Perry Jones III click here, John Henson click here, Harrison Barnes click here, Jared Sullinger click here, and for Andre Drummond click here.
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No. 4 – Thomas Robinson, Junior, Kansas; 2011-12 stats: 17.7 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 50% shooting, 50% 3-point shooting
As a sophomore, Thomas Robinson played only 14 minutes per game, sitting behind the Morris twins, just waiting for his chance. When he got that chance his junior season, he made sure to take full advantage of it.
Robinson turned himself from a sparingly used role player to potential top five pick. He is a physical specimen, and at 6-9, 240 pounds, he matches up extremely well with some of the leagues elite. Along with his size, Robinson, like many others in this draft, is a phenomenal athlete. He improved every part of his game this past season, offensively and defensively. As a rebounder specifically, he dominates.
He ranked second in the country in rebounding last season, and uses his athleticism to grab anything within reach. He should have no problem translating that to the NBA. Offensively, he is so athletic and physical around the rim; he is able to get nearly anything he wants in that area. He also has tremendous quickness for a player his size, and is able to create his own shot off the dribble. Robinson has the ability to step outside and hit a mid range jumper and an occasional three too.
The one slight problem with Robinson offensively is that he can rely too much on his outside game though. He needs to be more of a balanced offensive player, but it is only a small gripe for a player of his talent. Listed at 6-9, some feel he is undersized to play the power forward at the next level. He reminds me a lot of Derrick Williams last year. Many scouts felt Williams had no true position in the NBA, and it kind of showed this season for him. In Robinson, he is primarily talked about as a power forward.
I might be in the minority in this opinion, but if he can develop a consistent outside game, I love him at the 3. And that is where I like him for the Cavs, the 3. He has the skills to play there; he is quick, has the size and is strong enough to match up there. He would be a great fit there for Cleveland and looks awfully nice in Wine and Gold.
Depending on how Robinson performs at pre-draft camps, he could go anywhere from second to fifth. He is someone the Cavs would have to look at depending on where they’re picking. He would instantly give the Cavs another scorer and another guy to go with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. Like many guys in this draft, he is just another guy who may wind up in Cleveland and improve the roster instantly.