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Thomas Robinson: Why Kansas Star Deserves to Be No. 2 Overall Pick in NBA Draft
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There's going to be plenty of debate over whether or not the Charlotte Bobcats should keep the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft or whether they should trade it, but one thing is for sure, whoever ends up picking in that spot should select Kansas' Thomas Robinson.

Whichever team ends up with the No. 2 pick is going to be looking for a player who will make an immediate impact, and Robinson is as NBA-ready as any player in the draft.

Here's a quick look at a few reasons why Robinson should go No. 2.

 

Production

He's ready to produce after having a monster junior season at Kansas in which he averaged 17.7 points per game and 11.9 rebounds while shooting 50.5 percent from the floor.

Robinson's game evolved from a player who was primarily a dunker to a guy that can score with his back to the basket or facing up. He can play the game on the floor or way above the rim. Add to that the fact that he's a relentless rebounder and Robinson is a rookie that can make an impact right off the bat.

 

Measurements

While he didn't workout at last week's NBA Combine in Chicago, Robinson answered all the questions about his size when he measured well.

ESPN Chad Ford reported that Robinson measured close to 6’9” with a 7’3” wingspan, which was a concern for teams as the combine approached.

That’s plenty big enough to be a productive power forward in the NBA. In addition, he’s as strong as he is quick. Every team in the NBA has to be impressed by Robinson. He's the total package.

 

Maturity

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Given all the tragedy that’s surrounded Robinson over the past couple of years and the impressive way that he’s handled things throughout, potential NBA teams aren’t going to have to worry about any issues with Robinson.

In a league where so many young players come in and need a babysitter, Robinson comes into the league and is strictly business.

 

Intangibles

Robinson is a guy, who not only brings fantastic skills, but he’s also a high-character guy that has a tremendous work ethic, evident by the way he’s worked on his offensive game. He has a high motor and will outwork most opposing players he matches up against.

In addition, he’s a winner. He showed so after carrying an average Kansas team all the way to the national championship game.

 

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