The newest Sacramento King, Thomas Robinson, has had a life tougher than most of his peers. His physical toughness and determination, evident in every step he took on the basketball court last year for Kansas, was forged in a tidal wave of family tragedy that no young person should have to deal with. And yet Robinson dealt with it all, took on huge personal and family responsibilities, and now is primed as one of the best rookies in a very talented rookie class.
The Kings, meanwhile, couldn’t be happier for their own fortune. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin, Robinson was ranked No. 2 on the Kings board, behind No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. "We felt going into the draft, (Robinson) was one of the top couple talents, and even as of this morning, we were fairly sure he would not be there at (No. 5)," team basketball president Geoff Petrie said. "We had (Robinson) going (second). But the draft's the draft."
Robinson’s family tragedy has been well chronicled. In the midst of his sophomore season, he lost both his maternal grandparents and his mother in less than a month. Robinson only had his eight year old sister Jayla left, but with a strength that goes far beyond any sport, he preserved, carried on and dominated. Seventeen months after the loss of his mother, he was drafted into the NBA by the Kings and he and Jayla, who he will adopt, are heading to Sacramento.
His strength and maturity are unquestioned, but those aren’t the only traits that make him a great basketball player. How does the newest King fit in Sacramento? What can Kings fans expect out of Robinson? Let’s take a look.