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potentially or yes/no question. T-rob a pf/sf?

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potentially or yes/no question. T-rob a pf/sf?

on a thread i posted that t-rob is more of a pf/sf than pf/c... the results in my +/- seemed to vary alot between + and -, every time i went back to read new replys i saw changes. at one point being at -2 then ending up at +1. which lead to the question...

do you think t-rob should be labeled pf/sf? or not right now but has the skill-set to potentially be one?

he looks better on a fast break and has more handles than most considered combo forwards. From pj3 to terrence jones, cj leslie, draymond green, tony mitchell. i think he will be able to check some SFs in the league without a doubt (per say ron artest). he stands at 6'8-6-9 which almost barnes size and he's probably just as fast laterally with a bigger wingspan at 7'1, and most importantly the "will" to play great defense. if taj and thad (who he gets compared to all the time, mostly by non-fans) can play the 3, why cant t-rob?... at least defensively!


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PF

he'll really just play one position, maybe down the line if he improves his skill set he can play a little small forward and maybe at times his team will play him at center for a faster line up but hes really just a power forward. thats where hell be most productive by a long shot

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Pf to start out, but I feel

Pf to start out, but I feel like he really thinks he can be a combo forward...at least one time per game he was dribling recklessly up court and trying to lead a fast break. The only think stopping him from playing the 3 on the O end is dribbling. His J will get there; I'm not sure if his dribbling will.

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i think the "combo-forward"

i think the "combo-forward" credit he deserves is minimal compared to other guys with the sf/pf tag. here you have guys saying pj3 is a for sure sf, well im just gonna go ahead and say t rob has better chance of guarding nba SFs than pj3, and the times i've seen pj3 pushing a break he looks less capable and confident in his ability than t rob

then you have terrence jones, after his 6 assist game you had people calling him a point-forward, LOL. and while i see terrence with def more ability to check nba SFs, his handles are shaky aside from strictly straight line drives, and when they swing the ball to him in the perimeter he looks nervous and is very hesitant to dribble the ball, like i've stated before.

and well cj leslie considered a sf/pf... this right here is more than enough to label t rob sf/pf as he clearly has better ball handling.

no one ever gives love to t-rob for his combo-forward ability, as opposed to others

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why do people always try to

why do people always try to hybrid people cuz they are only 6'9''. Elvin Hayes was 6'9''. So was Karl Malone. The dude is a power forward. If he can shoot from the perimeter then he is a PF that can shoot. Big body and tough to me always equal PF

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I think people give him the

I think people give him the combo label because they think he's a little undersized and can handle the ball a bit, but he's really a true PF. Even if he isn't 6'10'' he can still find success in the league at the PF position. Everyone tags PF's under 6'10'' undersized, yet the majority of the top PF's in the league are under 6'10''.

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Skill

Body + 6.9 doesn't mean PF. If you are big and 6.9, you run the the floor and shot but you have no skill near the rim, probably you're a combo forward. This is no way good, we have to many tweeners and few role players..

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Derek Williams kept saying

Derek Williams kept saying "I'm a SF" "I'm a SF" and we all allowed it, He and Rob have a very similar skill set,he just wasn't as peremiter orianted in college as Williams. But if he really wants to be and works at it I think he can be. But he reminds me more of JJ Hickson who plays defense.

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To me, Robinson was better

To me, Robinson was better then Williams. All I want out of a PF is him able to shoot from around the FT and in. Once a power player wants perimeter life he loses toughness. I cant name a tough 3pt shooter

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thomas robinson isnt near a

thomas robinson isnt near a sf.......

guy will play a ton of mintues as a pf... and mayb some at center

just becuz he can handle the ball well for a 6'10'' player, doesnt mean he can play sf

and at b.free u said he reminds me u of jj hickson........ hickson doesnt get a lick of perimeter action.......

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thomas robinson isnt near a

thomas robinson isnt near a sf.......

guy will play a ton of mintues as a pf... and mayb some at center

just becuz he can handle the ball well for a 6'10'' player, doesnt mean he can play sf

and at b.free u said he reminds me u of jj hickson........ hickson doesnt get a lick of perimeter action.......

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PF for sure

Based on his game and skill set, I think this is the most comfortable position for him. He really tries to get every rebound. Defensively, I don't think he'll be better than average at any position. Did he really measure at 6'10 last year like his page says? There seems to be a consensus that he's 6'9. I, however, expect him to go Blake Griffin on everybody and measure at 6'10 when everyone's saying he's too short to play the 4.

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Very few players with

Very few players with Robinson's size can play sf. He is too bulky to really defend well on the perimeter, and his offensive game is best around the basket. His lack of shooting ability would also hurt floor spacing for his team and his handles are good for a pf, but not enough for him to play sf. I say he is a pf who will play center occasionally.

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I said if he wanted to be a

I said if he wanted to be a SF he probably could, he has great work ethic and is already a solid perimeter guy and has all the tools

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I do disagree the statement

I do disagree the statement about him not being able to defend on the perimeter. He wasn't asked to do it much because KU had 3 athletic long perimeter defenders in Taylor, Johnson and Releford, but Robinson was drawing Lebron James' praise for his perimeter defense at his camp last summer.

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Robinson is better playing

Robinson is better playing around the basket so will surely be a PF in the NBA, depending who drafts him, he may well play a bit of C if his team does go smalball or they come up against a smallball line up. He could be used as an SF on occasion also if his team went for a bigger line up but I feel thiscould negate his offensive role somewhat as he is clearly better inside than on the perimeter.

A player of his draft stock should have decent ball handling skills but he would not realistically be expected to do a lot of ball carrying in the NBA apart from maybe the odd fast break as that is down to the backcourt guys or a point forward type player which he realistically isn't.

Players should have some versatility but it's always pointless trying to make them something they are not.

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Robinson is better playing

Robinson is better playing around the basket so will surely be a PF in the NBA, depending who drafts him, he may well play a bit of C if his team does go smalball or they come up against a smallball line up. He could be used as an SF on occasion also if his team went for a bigger line up but I feel thiscould negate his offensive role somewhat as he is clearly better inside than on the perimeter.

A player of his draft stock should have decent ball handling skills but he would not realistically be expected to do a lot of ball carrying in the NBA apart from maybe the odd fast break as that is down to the backcourt guys or a point forward type player which he realistically isn't.

Players should have some versatility but it's always pointless trying to make them something they are not.

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Whether he can play SF or not

Whether he can play SF or not is irrelevent. His best position obviously is PF. Traditionally, the SF and SG are the most versatile players on the floor. Your PF and C control the paint and the glass. They are your primary rebounders and shotblockers. It really shouldnt be a question on what things Robinson does best. Who knows, maybe he will be able to log effective minutes at SF, but regardless, he will never be as good a SF as he is a PF.

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I bet you also thought

I bet you also thought Derrick Williams is better as a SF too?

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