Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson (0) and Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) go for a rebound during the second half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
In the first of this series on prospects that should be in the discussion for the Bobcats at No. 2, I take at look at Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson.
Ha. As if the Hornets are even going to pass on Davis. But say Scoop Jackson's bone-headed, little-thought-out column's premise comes true and maybe New Orleans' front office does some bath salts and maybe Michael Jordan pays Anthony Davis and some guy on the street enough to convince them to switch names and maybe all the Illuminati live in Charlotte and are big Bobcats fans and the Bobcats are looking at drafting Anthony Davis at second overall.
So do it already. The kid can swat the sun out of the sky. His hands are great, he plays smart defense, covers an insane amount of ground, really good at ballhandling for his size, decent shooting and ability to hit hook shots and solid groundwork for a developing offensive game. He shot 62.3 percent from the floor and had a 13.7 block percentage. And Davis averaged fewer than two fouls per game.
All Thundercats are go go go with Anthony Davis if you can get him in this draft.
(But no one tell New Orleans)
Until recently as the draft talk heats up, Robinson had long been the agreed-upon No. 2 player in the draft. Now the 2-5 spots are all in complete upheaval from day to day. There were concerns about his size (which is stupid) that turned out to be worrying over nothing. Robinson can flat out play basketball and it's clear his body doesn't need much more work to play in the NBA.
He's strong in his upper body to absorb the physicality required to finish tough shots and strong enough in his lower body to establish good rebounding position. Rebounding usually progresses well as a skill that translates at the next level, and Robinson has that talent in spades. He finished first overall in total rebounds this past season, was the best in defensive rebounding percentage, and had the second-best pace-adjusted per 40 minutes rebounds at 14.6 (via Draft Express). His footwork is good and he's quite explosive and has a motor for years. His jump shooting isn't great, but you can see marked improvement from year to year in his free-throw shooting, which is a good indicator of improving shooting mechanics (39.5% in 09-10, 51% in 10-11, 68.2% in 11-12). Certainly no J.J. Redick, but no Gana Diop either. He also shows pretty good work in the post offensively, capable of hitting jump hooks over either shoulder, the footwork to create with spin moves, and pretty decent ballhandling.
However, Robinson struggles with passing and posted a 0.7 Assist to Turnover Ratio. His shooting, though improving, still lacks consistency and needs a lot of work. Further, his post game could use some more versatility. Though with a good right hook and spin moves with his footwork, Robinson could use some variety to diversify his post game.