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. 15 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 (age 25)
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
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Sacramento Kings
2013 Houston Rockets
20132015 Portland Trail Blazers
2015 Philadelphia 76ers
2015–2016 Brooklyn Nets
2016–present Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Thomas Earl Robinson (born March 17, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A consensus All-American at the University of Kansas, Robinson was drafted fifth overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings.

High school career[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 ranked as the No. 24 recruit by Scout.com, No. 31 by Rivals.com[1] and No. 40 by ESPN.com as a high school senior.[2]

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

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 (2012–2013)[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 fourth 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] The following day, he was suspended for two games.[11]

Houston Rockets (2013)[edit]

On February 21, 2013, Robinson was traded, along with Francisco García and Tyler Honeycutt, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, and Cole Aldrich and cash considerations.[12][13]

Portland Trail Blazers (2013–2015)[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 picks.[14][15] On February 23, 2014, Robinson recorded 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 108–97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[16] In 2013–14, he averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 70 games.

The 2014–15 season saw 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. Robinson's first real opportunity of the season 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.[17] Robinson made his first NBA start in the team's next game, a December 17 home contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, racking up 15 points and 16 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers win 104–97. He became the third Blazers player to put up at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in his first start; the other two being Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas.[18] In subsequent games, Robinson was paired with Kaman off the bench, playing solid reserve minutes as power forward behind LaMarcus Aldridge.[19]

Philadelphia 76ers (2015)[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Robinson was traded, along with Will Barton, Víctor Claver and a lottery-protected 2016 first-round pick, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.[20] Three days later, he was waived by the Nuggets before playing in a game for them.[21]

On February 24, 2015, Robinson was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia 76ers.[22] The next day, he made his debut for the 76ers, recording seven points and six rebounds in a 104–88 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[23]

Brooklyn Nets (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Nets.[24] He made his debut for the Nets in the team's season opener against the Chicago Bulls on October 28, recording four points and five rebounds off the bench in a 115–100 loss.[25] On March 5, 2016, he had a season-best game with 18 points and 17 rebounds in 40 minutes as a starter in a 132–118 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On March 29, he made just his second start of the season and again scored 18 points, this time in a loss to Orlando Magic.[26] On April 3, he recorded his fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds in a 106–87 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[27]

Los Angeles Lakers (2016–present)[edit]

On September 21, 2016, Robinson signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[28]

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
2014–15 Portland 32 4 12.2 .516 .000 .438 4.2 .3 .5 .3 3.6
2014–15 Philadelphia 22 0 18.5 .467 .000 .603 7.7 1.1 .7 .7 8.8
2015–16 Brooklyn 71 7 12.9 .447 .000 .431 5.1 .6 .5 .5 4.3
Career 265 11 13.8 .459 .000 .511 4.8 .6 .5 .4 4.9

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 - Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Robinson Profile - University of Kansas Official Athletic Site". Kuathletics.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ "John R Wooden Award". Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  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" (PDF). 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 June 29, 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. ^ Glover, Ben (November 8, 2012). "Kings' Robinson ejected for vicious elbow to throat of Pistons' Jerebko". SI.com. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Kings rookie Robinson suspended for throwing elbow". NBA.com. November 8, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rockets Acquire Robinson, Garcia and Honeycutt". NBA.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ "KINGS COMPLETE MULTIPLAYER TRADE". NBA.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rockets trade Thomas Robinson to Trail Blazers". InsideHoops.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Rockets Acquire Papanikolaou, Todorovic and Two Future 2nd Round Picks". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Notebook: Trail Blazers 108, Timberwolves 97". NBA.com. February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ Freeman, Joe (December 15, 2014). "Robin Lopez fractures right hand, forcing Trail Blazers to think about playing without missing link". OregonLive.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Aldridge, Trail Blazers rally to beat Bucks 104-97". NBA.com. December 17, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Thomas Robinson 2014-15 Game Log". Basketbal-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Barton, Claver, Robinson and Protected First Round Pick From Portland - Denver Nuggets". Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Nuggets Waive Claver and Robinson - Denver Nuggets". Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Sixers Claim Thomas Robinson - Philadelphia 76ers". Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  23. ^ "76ers at Bucks". Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Player Signing Press Conference". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Bulls beat Nets 115-100 for 2-0 start". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Thomas Robinson 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Frazier has 19 points, 13 assists, Pelicans top Nets 106-87". NBA.com. April 3, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Lakers Sign Thomas Robinson". NBA.com. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 

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