Who Is Newest Rockets F Thomas Robinson?
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Thomas Robinson is the rookie power forward acquisition of the Houston Rockets from their recent trade with the Sacramento Kings before the trade deadline. Robinson was an All-American from the University of Kansas, and he averaged 17.7 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game in his last year of college. Robinson was drafted fifth overall in last year’s draft.
Why would the Kings give up the number five overall pick in the draft from last year? He never even got a chance to play. Do the Kings know something that the Rockets don’t? Is there something seriously wrong with him? This sounds like a great trade for the Rockets. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is always looking to better his team, and he has an itchy trigger finger when it comes to trades.
Morey traded away players that did not have much upside and were older, but he got back Robinson who has tremendous upside. Robinson is also a very young rookie big man, and Kevin McHale has a good track record when coaching up big men. He’s partly responsible for coaching Kevin Garnett into an MVP with the Timberwolves.
When Morey was asked about the trade for Robinson, he said, “He is a very high upside guy, plays with high-energy, runs the floor, and can rebound.” He also said, “He is a guy that has potential to grow into a top-level player.”
Morey is on the money with that statement. The Rockets came out on top with this trade, and the Kings will regret giving up Robinson.
Robinson has had trouble with turnovers, but he is just a rookie. Give the guy a break and better coaching. The Rockets coaching staff is a lot better than the Sacramento Kings. Plain and simple, Robinson has huge upside.
“He’s a nice piece, young, has potential, and likes his size for his position,” CBS Sports Radio’s Amy Lawrence said.
Moke Hamilton, NBA expert from SNY and Sheridan Hoops, says: “I’m very, very high on Thomas Robinson.”
Robinson will make his Houston Rockets debut this Wednesday at home versus the Milwaukee Bucks at 8 PM ET.