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2012 NBA Draft: Thomas Robinson Ranked No. 15 Prospect Available By ESPN's Doug Gottlieb

With the NBA Draft Lottery being held on Wednesday night, much of the focus around the league, for those that aren't fans of the Spurs, Thunder, Heat or Celtics, will be on the upcoming NBA Draft. Many NBA draftniks see Kansas' Thomas Robinson as one of the top players available in this year's draft -- except for ESPN's Doug Gottlieb.

Gottlieb ranks Thomas as the No. 15 player available in this year's draft. By contrast, DraftExpress' latest mock draft has Thomas going No. 4 overall to the New Orleans Hornets.

Says Gottlieb of Robinson:

A monster in college, Robinson is likely a rotation guy in the NBA at worst, a starting power forward at best. He has stretched his range to 20 feet and will finish above the rim, but he doesn't have the fluidity to be special in face-up opportunities in the league.

Gottlieb suggests that Kansas fans save their hate mail as well, as he says he wrote similar things about Tyler Hansbrough prior to Hansbrough's draft.

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