Thomas Robinson has been projected anywhere among the top five or six spots in the 2012 NBA Draft, including as high as No. 2. While that stock is settled a bit, the reality is that Anthony Davis at No. 1 is the only real given in June’s draft. In Jeff Goodman’s latest mock at CBS Sports, Robinson is the fifth overall selection, heading to the Sacramento Kings to bolster the frontcourt.
Goodman writes, “Robinson would be an immediate upgrade over Jason Thompson at the power forward spot. T-Rob is a big-time athlete who plays hard and will get after it on the glass. He’s still a work-in-progress on the offensive end, but the Kings have no shortage of guys that can put the ball in the basket.”
Robinson is definitely still growing as a player. He jumped from a guy with more potential than production on a crowded Kansas team into a Player of the Year finalist and took his team to the national championship game just 12 months later. His game is likely to significantly improve among the pro ranks as well.
Robinson averaged 17.8 and 11.9 rebounds per game last season.