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NBA Draft 2012: Why Thomas Robinson Is the Best Pick for the Washington Wizards

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson
Kansas forward Thomas RobinsonJeff Gross/Getty Images
Nick ConditCorrespondent IJune 8, 2012

Washington point guard John Wall is on his way to becoming a CP3-caliber point guard, and a fixture at the NBA All-Star game.

However Wall is missing his version of Blake Griffin in the Paul-Griffin duo.

The good news? Kansas forward Thomas Robinson can be that guy for the Wizards when they pick third overall in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft.

Washington Post writer Michael Lee wrote last week that Robinson would be interested in playing for the Wizards, who certainly are eyeing the All-American.

Robinson is a freak of nature, and a world-class athletic specimen at 6'9", and 244 pounds.

His body reminds me of a taller and longer LeBron James, with the skills and relentlessness down low of a Blake Griffin. Similarly to Griffin, he's also shown flashes of a mid-range jumper that can become consistent. Robinson's seven-foot wingspan means he will be a force in the paint defensively as well.

What a combo Wall and Robinson would be. Washington D.C. would have to think of a nickname for itself like "Oop City" or something. 

Check out the video of Robinson's impressive performance early last season against a solid Georgetown team. 

He can definitely run, and the prospect of him and Wall running the floor together is a frightening one. Wall would finally have a young partner in crime to go out and terrorize the league with.

The Jayhawk star carried his team to the NCAA tournament final, where he ultimately came up short against Anthony Davis and Kentucky.

But, I'm not sure if any other college player in the country could've stopped him. The power forward averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50.5 percent from the field.  

The Wizards would instantly have a formidable front line in Nene, Robinson, and Rashard Lewis if he is resigned (Booker/Vesely if not) to go opposite of John Wall's brilliant orchestration from the point.

With this player, the future is bright in Washington. 

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