Now that the order of the 2012 NBA draft is set, one of the most interesting story-lines will be where former Kansas star Thomas Robinson ends up.
While Anthony Davis seems like a shoe-in for the No. 1 overall pick, the remainder of the top 5 is still extremely fuzzy one with one month remaining before the draft.
Over at SB Nation, Tom Ziller's first post-lottery mock draft has the Charlotte Bobcats passing on Robinson to take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, which leaves him for the Washington Wizards at No. 3:
In my opinion, here's the keystone pick, the choice that puts everything else in order. The players available to Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and the rest obviously depend on what the Wizards decide, but it also moves the specific positional markets. There are a lot of big men in the 3-10 range; if the Wizards dip their toe in, those could begin to dry up more quickly than expected. If they go with the best wing or guard available, everyone else is sort of forced to take a big man. It's quite a predicament!
I currently think they'll take Robinson, a high-character D.C. native who can rebound the Hades out of the ball, defend, score in the pivot and will never ever Blatche the team. New Traditions, y'all.
Washington, which already has John Wall at PG and Nene at C, would be an excellent fit for Robinson, since he wouldn't be expected to be the centerpiece on either side of the ball and would be free to slowly transition into the NBA playing off their two best players.
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