Drafted by: Minnesota Timberwolves, 40th pick overall
Height/Weight: 6'7", 211 lbs
Age: 20 years old
Projected NBA Position: Small Forward
Pro Comparison: Trevor Ariza
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Glenn Robinson III had significant expectations heading into his sophomore year after playing a major role in Michigan's run to the national championship game in 2013. And though the production was there this season, the consistent impact wasn't.
Still, Robinson's upside remains intact when you take into account his physical tools and skill set. He just has to put it all together.
|Statistics at Michigan|
Robinson has textbook physical tools for an NBA wing with 6'7" size, 6'10" length and springs that registered a 41.5-inch vertical at the combine. He's an exceptional athlete who's really light on his feet, particularly in the open floor or on a backdoor cut.
He did weigh in at 211 pounds, or nine less than Michigan listed him at. Robinson, like most 20-year-old prospects, could stand to gain some muscle.
Regardless, Robinson's physical tools alone should put him in position to pick up an easy bucket every now and then. And they should also work just fine for him at the defensive end.
Drive, Cut and Slash Game
Robinson operates mostly from the wing and off the ball, where he can slash, drive and cut through the lane. He's an excellent finisher inside the arc (56.2 percent this past season, per Sports-Reference.com), where he has the ability to elevate over traffic and finish above the rim.
He can also stop short before traffic and convert various runners and floaters on the move.
Robinson does a nice job of positioning himself for high-percentage catch-and-finish opportunities, which is what ultimately allowed him to score 13.1 points a game as a sophomore, given his inability to create against a set defense. Whether it's a cut resulting in a layup or a lob resulting in an alley-oop, Robinson's ability to score off the ball is his strongest offensive skill.
With the ball in his hands, he possesses the ability to beat his man off the dribble and attack the rim in line drives. Robinson's handle is mediocre, but if he has space to operate, his first step is quick enough for him to blow by his man.
Robinson didn't shoot the ball all that well this past season, but his mechanics and shot-making ability are both promising. He finished with a 62.6 percent true shooting percentage as a freshman, per Sports-Reference.com, and though it dipped to 56.6 percent as a sophomore, the falloff can likely be tied to the absence of Trey Burke, who was able to create better shots for Robinson than anyone who ran the point for Michigan this year.
He's money in the mid-range, where he nailed 40.8 percent of his two-point jumpers, per Hoop-Math. And he finished first at the NBA combine during shooting-off-the-dribble drills.
And though he has to improve his shooting range, he connected for 33 three-pointers this season. Right now, he's a capable shooter. He needs to become a consistent one.
With his lateral quickness, athleticism, size and length, Robinson projects as a plus-defender at the NBA level. And he offers the versatility to potentially guard up to three positions on the floor.
Robinson also has solid playmaking instincts defending off the ball as well, where he's quick to jump a passing lane and force a turnover.
He needs to lock in a bit more, but he has all the tools necessary to pose as a strong link in a five-man defensive chain.
Robinson's loose handle prevents him from being able to create his own shot when the game is slowed down in the half court. And that means he relies heavily on others to create shots for him. This naturally results in inconsistency, especially at the college level, where he isn't surrounded by standout playmakers or passes.
He needs to improve his one-on-one game—he averaged just 3.1 free-throw attempts and 1.2 assists per game as a sophomore.
And without a consistently threatening jumper, he just might not bring enough to the NBA table.
Robinson isn't a prospect who's likely to make an impact in year one, though he could be used as an energy guy and easy-bucket target off the bench. Sometimes, a little injection of athleticism could be just what a lineup needs from time to time.
However, after shooting below 33 percent from downtown in back-to-back seasons at the college level, Robinson might need a few years to improve his jumper and expand his range.
One NBA executive told mlive.com's Brendan F. Quinn that Robinson was "just so inconsistent" and that his talent level "teases you a little bit." That's spot on based on what we've seen through two years. Between his athleticism, a shooting stroke that passes the eye test and his defensive tools, Robinson has lottery talent—he just hasn't been able to tap into it on a regular basis.
But assuming that jumper only improves, we should be looking at a player similar to Trevor Ariza—a guy who can excel in a complementary role that allows him to play to his strengths as an opportunistic scorer and versatile defender.