NBA Draft 2012: New Orleans Hornets Would Be Lucky to Land Thomas Robinson

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Thomas Robinson #0 and Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks look on in the first half while taking on the Kentucky Wildcats in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Hornets have lost some great talent in the past few years, but drafting Kansas product Thomas Robinson in the first round would be a step in the right direction.

New Orleans saw David West leave for Indiana last December, but if they can land Robinson with their first-round pick they have a great replacement for their one-time forward.

The Jayhawks won 32 games last NCAA season and surprised many by making it to the finals of the tournament. A large reason for their success was due to Robinson's stellar year.

The big forward averaged a double-double in his last season with the squad, recording almost 18 points and 11 rebounds per game.

All eyes are on Robinson's finals opponent, Anthony Davis heading into the draft, but that doesn't mean whichever team ends up with this Jayhawk isn't getting a great talent as well.

Davis is on another level than Robinson, but not every player in the draft is destined to become Blake Griffin or Kevin Durant. Some become underrated and helpful players like James Harden and West.

Sporting News writer Mike DeCourcy caught up with NBA Draft Blog analyst Ed Isaacson, who had some interesting insight on Robinson, saying:

I had serious doubts prior to this season whether Robinson could make all of the adjustments he needed to...I was wrong. Anything that Robinson needed to do this year, he did. He is a top-level athlete who is now really just developing as a basketball player...I think his immediate impact will be substantial.

DeCourcy witnessed Robinson put the Jayhawks on his back during the 2012 NCAA Tournament this year and took note, as many did.

Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick also believes that the Hornets will be "tempted" to go with a player like Robinson with one of their two lottery picks, adding:

These two selections will be huge in determining the direction of the franchise.

The Hornets are about to unveil a television deal with FOX Sports according to Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and adding Robinson to the team will ignite hope within the fan base which should help ticket prices, television ratings and most importantly, the Hornets' chances of competing for the postseason sometime soon.