Thomas Robinson (basketball)

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Thomas Robinson
Thomas Robinson of the Kansas Jayhawks vs Iowa State.jpg
Robinson in 2012 playing for Kansas
No. 41 – Portland Trail Blazers
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 (age 23)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Brewster Academy
(Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
College Kansas (2009–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Sacramento Kings
2013 Houston Rockets
2013–present Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Thomas Earl Robinson (born March 17, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. A consensus All-American at the University of Kansas, Robinson was drafted 5th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

High school[edit]

Robinson played high school basketball at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Robinson averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game his senior year.

Robinson was rated the No. 24 recruit by Scout.com, No. 31 by Rivals.com and No. 40 ESPNU 100 as a high school senior.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Thomas Robinson
PF
Washington, DC Brewster Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Oct 10, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93

[2]

College career[edit]

Robinson began his junior year and the 2011-2012 men's college basketball season as one of 50 candidates for the preseason John R. Wooden Award.[3] Along with senior teammate Tyshawn Taylor, Robinson was expected to become one of the leaders for the Kansas team.

On December 31, 2011, in a game against the University of North Dakota, Robinson scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. He was the first Kansas player to record a 30/20 performance since Wayne Hightower scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in a 1961 game against the University of Missouri.[4] At the end of the Big 12 conference regular season, Robinson was second in the nation with 22 double doubles behind O.D. Anosike of Siena College. At that point, Robinson averaged 18 points and 11.9 rebounds.

Prior to their game on January 22, 2011 against Texas, Kansas players, coaches and fans held a moment of silence in honor of Robinson, who had lost his grandmother, grandfather, and mother all within three weeks of one another. After the game, Kansas coach Bill Self said "For him to even be out there on the court was remarkable."[5]

On March 4, 2012, Robinson was named the 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year. All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league’s head coaches.[6] On March 5, 2012, he was named the Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year.[7]

On April 9, 2012, Robinson decided to forgo his senior season and declared for the 2012 NBA Draft.[8]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Kansas 33 1 7.2 .485 .000 .395 2.7 .3 .2 .5 2.5
2010–11 Kansas 33 2 14.6 .601 .000 .510 6.4 .6 .4 .7 7.6
2011–12 Kansas 39 39 31.8 .505 .500 .682 11.9 1.8 1.1 .9 17.7
Career 105 42 18.7 .525 .500 .606 7.3 1.0 .6 .7 9.8

College Awards and Honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Sacramento Kings[edit]

On June 28, 2012, Robinson was drafted fifth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.

On November 7, 2012, in the 4th quarter of a game against the Detroit Pistons, Robinson hit Jonas Jerebko in the throat with an elbow, and was ejected from the game.[10] On November 8, 2012, he was suspended for two games.[11]

Houston Rockets[edit]

On February 20, 2013, Robinson was traded to the Houston Rockets along with Francisco García and Tyler Honeycutt in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and former Kansas teammate Cole Aldrich.[12] Robinson wore #0 for the Rockets until former Rockets guard and Kings teammate Aaron Brooks re-signed with the Rockets; Robinson switched to #41 while Brooks took his number.

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Robinson was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Marko Todorović, as well as two future second round draft picks.[13] On February 23, 2014, Robinson recorded a career-high 18 rebounds along with 14 points off the bench in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.[14] Robinson finished the year having appeared in 70 games, averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12.5 minutes of action.[15]

While playing in the 2014 Las Vegas summer league for the Blazers, Robinson tore a ligament in his thumb, requiring him to undergo surgery.[16]

The 2014-15 season found the fan favorite Robinson consigned to the bench, buried on the depth chart by the team's off-season addition of former All-Star big man Chris Kaman. Through the middle of December Robinson had not seen game action due to the decision of head coach Terry Stotts in 15 of the team's first two dozen contests.[17] Robinson's opportunity came with the injury of starting center Robin Lopez, who fractured his right hand on December 15 in a win over the San Antonio Spurs.[18] Robinson made his first career NBA start in the team's next game, a December 17 home contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, racking up 15 points, 16 rebounds, and a block in the win.[19] Robinson was greeted with a roaring ovation from the team's faithful heading to the bench after being removed from the game for the last time in the fourth quarter.[19]

In subsequent games Robinson was paired with Kaman off the bench, playing solid reserve minutes as power forward behind Blazer star LaMarcus Aldridge.[17]

Robinson will be an unrestricted free agent in 2015-16, the Blazers having declined a third year team option on his rookie contract, an option which would have paid the former #5 overall pick $4.7 million.[20] The team's decision does not mean that Robinson's days in Portland will end with the expiration of the 2014-15 season, however, with the Trail Blazers remaining free to re-sign the player for an amount equal to or less than the declined option amount during the off season free agent signing period.[20]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Sacramento 51 0 15.9 .424 .000 .577 4.7 .7 .5 .4 4.8
2012–13 Houston 19 0 13.0 .449 .000 .421 4.1 .5 .8 .3 4.5
2013–14 Portland 70 0 12.5 .481 .000 .564 4.4 .5 .3 .3 4.8
Career 140 0 13.8 .454 .000 .543 4.4 .6 .5 .3 4.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Portland 11 0 11.1 .419 .000 .857 2.6 .5 .5 .5 2.9
Career 11 0 11.1 .419 .000 .857 2.6 .5 .5 .5 2.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Robinson Profile - University of Kansas Official Athletic Site". Kuathletics.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Robinson - Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ John R. Wooden Award Announces Men's Preseason Top 50 List
  4. ^ "North Dakota vs. Kansas Jayhawks - Recap - December 31, 2011 - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Robinson's mother dies". ESPN.com. January 22, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  6. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2012 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kansas' Robinson is AP Big 12 player of year". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks' Thomas Robinson to forgo senior year, enter NBA Draft". espn.go.com. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Kansas' Thomas Robinson Named Naismith Men's College Basketball Player of the Year Finalist". Kansas Athletics Official Website. March 19, 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Ben Golliver. "Kings’ Robinson ejected for vicious elbow to throat of Pistons’ Jerebko". SI.com. November 8, 2012. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Kings rookie Robinson suspended for throwing elbow". NBA. November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rockets Acquire Robinson, Garcia and Honeycutt". NBA.com. February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS ACQUIRE THOMAS ROBINSON FROM HOUSTON". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Notebook: Trail Blazers 108, Timberwolves 97". NBA.com. February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ {http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/robinth01.html "Thomas Robinson,"] Pro-Basketball Reference.com
  16. ^ "Thomas Robinson has thumb surgery". ESPN.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Thomas Robinson 2014-15 Game Log," Pro Basketball Reference.com
  18. ^ Joe Freeman, Robin Lopez Fractures Right Hand, Forcing Trail Blazers to Think About Playing Without Missing Link," The Oregonian, Dec. 15, 2014.
  19. ^ a b Jason Quick, "Thomas Robinson Roars, and a Trail Blazers Fan Base Roars Back," The Oregonian, Dec. 18, 2014.
  20. ^ a b Joe Freeman, "Trail Blazers Exercise Team Options on CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard, Decline Option on Thomas Robinson," The Oregonian, Oct. 27, 2014.

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