2012 NBA Draft: Scouting Report on Thomas Robinson of the Kansas Jayhawks

Randy ChambersAnalyst IApril 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 30:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during practice prior to the 2012 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 30, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We've all heard the story of Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson, so it's really no surprise that he's decided to declare eligible for the NBA draft a little early.

Robinson was arguably the best player on the team for the Kansas Jayhawks last season and a huge reason they made it all the way to the NCAA championship. Many scouts think highly of the young man and believe he could really thrive at the next level.

But is he as good as advertised?

Let's breakdown the pros and cons and see exactly where he would fit on a NBA team.

Position: Power Forward

Height/Weight: 6'10", 237 pounds

School: Kansas 


The first thing I notice about Robinson is his size; he has his NBA body already and will be able to compete at a high level from day one. He's a high-energy guy who plays the game with a high motor and extreme toughness. He's a guy that wants to win and shows the passion through his game.

He's an aggressive player who crashes the boards very nicely and averaged nearly 12 a game last season. He always looks for the high-percentage shot by getting to the cup and isn't afraid of drawing contact and getting to the line. He has good footwork in the post, is willing to sacrifice his body to draw a charge and can defend many positions with his size and athleticism.

Another thing to like about Robinson is the fact that he's mentally tough. This is a kid who's lost three family members in the span of three weeks and continued to play through those distractions. If he's able to play at a high level when that happens, you can bet he'll be able to play through anything.



The main issue many will have with Robinson is his height. We're not quite sure exactly how tall he is considering he's listed anywhere from 6'7" to 6'10", depending on the source. His height may also cause him problems at the next level on the defensive end due to struggling with longer players.

He doesn't have a reliable post game at this point in his career and is still a sub-par passer. Although he shot 68 percent from the line (which is better than a lot of other big men), it could still use room for improvement.

Robinson can also be foul-prone at times, as he picked up five fouls a total of eight times this season, and can also take plays off on the defensive end.


Player Comparison: Blake Griffin

Did this get your attention?

I know we'll probably never see another Griffin as far as dunking goes, but never mind the highlight reels for a second. Both of these players had NBA bodies entering the draft, play the game with extremely high energy, are extremely strong, rebound at a high rate and can hold their own defensively.

Many may even consider Robinson a better pro prospect, considering he is actually a slightly better shooter than Griffin was/is.

Overall these players are similar from their size, to the way they play their game and their skill set.



Overall I see Robinson being a top-five pick in this year's draft.

He is still raw on both ends, but is a player who will provide a team with a lot of energy and will help fill seats. His athletic ability alone makes him a very intriguing prospect with a lot of upside. He's capable of being a force in the paint and a solid defender. With him working on a mid-range jumper, that will only add to his game.

Robinson is one of the more complete players in the draft and will likely turn into a real solid player with All-Star potential.


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