Someone tell Thomas Robinson to concentrate on rebounding and defending and being an athlete. Trying to prove he is an offensive player hurts his game.
Apparently you guys didn't watch him last year in summer league and earlier this summer as he tried to "show" his range and ball handling skills. Lol!
But when he hustles, rebounds, and defends...he scores by being active. I'll take the negatives. :)
His strength and weaknesses are fairly obvious. He is an excellent rebounder with a great motor and an NBA body. He really needs to develop a mid range jumpshot.
In his defense, he really needs some consistancy and commitment from an organization and hopefully Portland will give it to him. With Aldridge able to hit jumpshots, T-Rob gives a good balance of hitting the boards hard which will keep Aldridge's legs fresh and body healthy. JJ Hickson had success being a strong rebounder next to him and I think Robinson can continue in that role.
If he develops a mid range game then that is just icing on the cake.
...would help him a ton. 12-15 feet in. But he needs to concentrate on the things that will keep him in the league which is his motor. Last year I cringed watching him try to bring the ball up after a rebound and take jump shots from long distance. His value will be as a garbage man.
Shawn Marion was an all star primarily cleaning up garbage. Nothing wrong with knowing who you are. Thank you all for the negatives but then liking guys who basically repeat what I said. :)
he plays to fast on offense when he gets the ball... that hurts him to
You could look at it like, because this is only the Summer League, it is okay for T-Rob to work on his offensive game a little more, as there is not very much at risk. Or, maybe you think that the teams should be doing whatever it takes to win in this new tournament format, and in that case T-Rob should focus on his rebounding and hustle. Personally, I think this is as good a place as any for Robinson to work on his offensive skills.
He should work on the things that he will be contributing to the team during the year. The Blazers will not be running plays to get him 18 footers so why hoist them up? To make matters worse he does not come close to making those shots. So why not develop a nitch for yourself as a monster rebounder (as he has been doing) as opposed to trying to prove that you can do something that you have never been good at. He wasn't a good shooter in college, looked lost last year in Sacramento as they let him bring the ball up (ignoring PG's), and earlier in this summer league he turned the ball over a lot and looked ragged. When he plays to his strengths he looks like a NBA player. When he tries to be a scorer he does not look like a NBA player.
I think he needs to work on his offensive game and summer league is a good place to do it. I dont think he should be dribbling the ball like he did last summer and driving, I think he should focus on developing a mid range jumper and a low post game, I think he is a starting NBA PF and will be a good starter. In regular season games he should focus on hustle, defense, and rebounding but outside of that should focus on skills that will help him be more of a threat on offense.
You don't work on things you can already do in Summer League. If you are undrafted and unsigned then yes, you should play to your strengths. BUT if you are a lottery pick under contract then you work on expanding your game because you won't get many chances to do it in the regular season.
Jimmy Butler was playing a lot of one-on-one and trying to create off the bounce last year in sumer league (which he obviously isn't that good at) because he already had a contract and it's a chance to get in game reps and things that would get you yanked from the game during the regular season.
I have no problem with T-Rob trying to play on the wing. Is he good at it? NO, but maybe these games will give him a better idea of what to work on in practice so that he might be better at it in the future.
I dont think he should be starting with the ball on the three point line but if he is working from 15 feet and in then it is fine if he is trying to dribble and create for him self, last year he would get it behind the three point line and try to drive to the hoop, when he never really played on the wing and not many guys that big do that, but foul line and in there are a lot of bigmen who are good there and that is where I see him playing from a lot in the NBA if he gets a jumper from there.
He will never be a wing so working on it in summer league is futile.He will never be a guy teams run plays for to get open 3 pointers so again...why work on it?
There is value in knowing who you are as a player and what will give you a long career. He is on his 3rd team in 2 years...And in Portland they have 5 or 6 other guys they'd rather get shots for than Thomas Robinson and that does not change. Also comparing him to a player that is comfortable being a guard is silly. Jimmy Butler is a guard. He isn't a 4 trying to be a 2/3.
This is fine, no one was complaining that Victor Oladipo was playing point guard. As I said in a post the other day, TRob's perimeter game isn't up to par by NBA standards, but that doesn't mean he should give up on it. Work on it in practice, work on it in the Summer League, and play with the team during the regular season. He did try to hard to "prove" he could do it last year, but that's not uncommon for a young player to do.
He's stuffing the defensive stats and flat out bullying people on the glass. He's at 12.8 rpg 1 spg and 1.2 blocks in less than 30 minutes. I think he's starting to get it, and if there's a time to practice those moves it's now.
His points are coming in transition and from teammates setting the table for him. He lacks the ball handling skills and feel for the game to be a perimeter player and forcing it on him in summer league will not change that.
As I said; there is value in knowing who you are and perfecting THAT. It is over-rated to be able to be "versatile".
Shawn Marion was never a great offensive player yet got 20ppg in some year simply by knowing where to be and when. He was a master at cutting to open spots on penetration (whether with Marbury, Kidd, or Nash) and also finding points in transition and on the offensive glass.
No reason for the negs. The OP is absolutely right. Robinson's game suffers when he tries to do what he's not good at. Even if its summer league, he should still focus on what he can do, then work on his weaknesses behind the scenes. Coaches want to see that a player understands his limitations. When Robinson tries to be what he's not he looks bad, as do most players. If a player's goal is to impress his coaches, I don't understand why he would try to do things he's not good at.