Thomas Robinson has only been in the NBA for one season and has already had a strange career. After being drafted fifth-overall in 2012 by the Sacramento Kings, he was dealt to the Houston Rockets at the deadline, where he was rarely used. Then, the Rockets dealt the power forward to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Robinson hasn’t been traded from the Blazers yet, though, and is looking to carve out a role and help improve this Portland bench. Portland missed out on the postseason last year and that was largely due to their lack of production from their reserves. With the addition of several players, including Robinson, they are looking to change that.
Through the Blazers’ first three games of the preseason, Robinson is showing that he can bring several valuable things to the table for Portland. The second-year player has averaged 5.3 points and seven rebounds on 5-14 shooting and while also turning the ball over three times per game.
At this point in his career and development, Robinson isn’t going to be player that comes off of the bench and changes the game defensively or with his scoring. However, he is a player that can come in and not mess things up and be an extremely effective rebounder that creates opportunities in that regard.
Robinson still has to develop his skills in the post on both ends of the floor before he can play a bigger role for an NBA team. However, in terms of coming off of the bench for this Blazers team, Robinson does have a few skills that will give them a boost when they go to their bench. Ultimately, Robinson should be able to find a home for a full season in Portland.
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