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Better Know Your New Blazers: Thomas Robinson

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The Skinny:

Thomas Robinson

Image Courtesy of the AP

Full Name: Thomas Earl Robinson

Date/Place of Birth: 3/17/1991-Washington, DC
Height/Weight-6’ 10”, 237 lbs

Primary Position: PF

Projected Role: Rotation Player

College: Kansas
NBA Draft: Drafted with the 5th  pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Sacramento

Honors: First-Team All-American (2012), Big 12 Player of the Year (2012).

Career Averages-4.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, .7 APG, 1.3 TOPG, .6 SPG.  12-13 PER: 10.97


Thomas’s Strengths:


If you look at Thomas Robinson, it is easy to see why he was widely considered one of the most highly sought after pro prospects last season.  A physical specimen, Robinson possesses all the gifts anyone can ask for on the court.  He’s a beast who can finish with authority, an excellent rebounder and an improving defender. Robinson shot 53.6% at the rim last season, where more than half his attempts came from.  Although he may not end up being the star he was once predicted by some to be, Robinson should be solid enough in Portland if given the chance.


Thomas’s Weaknesses:


Often the difference between a good college player and a good NBA player is effort.  Robinson’s effort has been questioned, certainly in Sacramento and in Houston a bit as well.  Whether that is because he wasn’t in a great situation for him, one can only hope that is the case and he leaves that in his best.  Robinson, physically gifted as he is, is more of a jack of all trades and a master of few.  He is good at many things but not very good at that many (rebounding and finishing at the rim).  He will have to work hard to refine those skills. In addition, he was an atrocious shooter away from the rim last year, and shot only 28% on jump shot attempts.  That has to improve if he is going to have a lasting impact in Portland.


Blazer Connections:


Played with Will Barton in high school at Brewster Academy in NH..


Did You Know?:


During a tragic three week period in early 2011, Robinson’s grandfather, grandmother and mother all died, robbing Thomas of the people he had relied on most growing up.

Although he ended up among the top HS recruits in the country, Robinson had only one division 1 scholarship offer heading into his final season in high school.

Robinson went to Brewster Academy, which has produced several NBA players, among them his now-teammate Will Barton, Jeff Adrien and Craig Brackins.

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).