Glenn Robinson III wasn't able to match his father, Glenn Robinson, who was drafted first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1994. That said, his NBA dream is still being realized after getting selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft:
With the 40th overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Timberwolves select Glenn Robinson III! Welcome to the Wolfpack, Glenn! #WolvesDraft— MN Timberwolves (@MNTimberwolves) June 27, 2014
Robinson is the second selection the Timberwolves have made in the draft, as UCLA's Zach LaVine was taken with the 13th overall pick. While Kevin Love's future remains in limbo, the Timberwolves have assembled a young nucleus fans hope will drag them out of their playoff slump.
Robinson had a strong freshman campaign at Michigan and could have declared for the draft last year. Instead, he decided to spend another season with the Wolverines in hopes of bolstering his draft stock even further by showcasing improvement.
It didn't happen. Most of his numbers stayed pretty level. His scoring average increased due to more looks on the offensive end, but his shooting percentages from the floor dropped. All in all, the season was pretty much a wash in terms of his outlook as a prospect.
One factor teams had to consider was that he spent a lot of time playing power forward at Michigan. He projects as a small forward in the NBA. His all-around skills, which didn't always come into play in college, will help him at the next level.
Mark Snyder of Detroit Free Press passed along comments from Robinson after he declared, and he was looking forward to proving people wrong when given the chance:
I can't wait for that moment. A lot of people are going to be kind of shocked by the way that I play and some of the things that they necessarily didn't get to see during the season. I know a lot of questions are going to come, (like) why didn't they see them during the season. It's my job to prove them wrong.
His first real opportunity to shine in front of a large contingent of talent evaluators was at the NBA combine. Reid Forgrave of Fox Sports reported Robinson ended up being one of the players who impressed scouts the most:
A couple scouts told me names that surprised & impressed them today: Cleanthony Early, Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III.— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) May 15, 2014
The biggest question mark is exactly how good Robinson can become. There were flashes during his time with the Wolverines and also during the draft process that illustrated his top-end talent, but they were fleeting.
What's your projection for Robinson's future?
There's always a chance he's the type of player who will develop better at the NBA level, where he'll be able to play his more natural small forward position. It's still not a guarantee that he'll be anything more than a role player in the NBA, though.
That's why he slid to the second round. While he possesses lottery-pick potential, his collegiate career left a lot to be desired.
Ultimately, Robinson should be able to slide into a rotational role right away with the Timberwolves. Working him in off the bench would allow the talented forward to make a smooth transition. The hope is that experience will get everything to finally click.
Should everything fall into place perfectly, he could become an All-Star-caliber player and one of the best picks in the draft. More likely, he'll develop into a solid starter who can rebound, defend and serve as a secondary scoring option.
Either way, Robinson should provide plenty of value.