No matter how much trade talk enters the picture, most mock drafts from Chad Ford at ESPN to Matt Moore at CBS still have Thomas Robinson as the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday. That speaks to the incredible production the Kansas forward brings to the pro level from the outset that he can continue to earn such plaudits despite competition from several other solid prospects.
The latest from Matt Moore is one of the best around and has Robinson to the Bobcats at No. 2. He writes, "Robinson finished with a 27.4 PER last year. Now, the PER translation is far from perfect at the college level, but it’s likely that any metric that evaluates production is going to involve the same elements as PER. Like, say, anything Rich Cho is using in his models. Kidd-Gilchrist is just about as likely here, but Robinson’s slight production advantage lifts him."
Robinson would add an incredible presence to a frontcourt that is sorely lacking in any dependable production. Tyrus Thomas is too much potential at this point. Bismack Biyombo is raw. The Bobcats desperately need something among their bigs and Robinson would give them just that.