The Basics: When you are pick No. 59 in the Draft, value is usually not found. To get anyone who has a chance at making the roster or giving anything to the team next season or in the future has to be considered a good pick. Yeah, there are those diamonds in the rough who break into the NBA after going undrafted or getting picked late. But to find that talent is tricky. Orlando lucked out again when Connecticut’s Stanley Robinson fell to the very bottom of the draft. Some had Robinson going in the first round throughout the draft process and he has the athleticism to compete in the NBA. He averaged 14.5 points per game and a team high 7.6 rebounds per game as a senior last year. He shot 52.5 percent from the floor and added plenty of explosive highlight dunks.
The Good: He is unquestionably one of the most athletic players in the Draft. Robinson can simply jump out of the gym and knows how to use it to do what his team needs on the basketball court. He can jump over guys for rebounds and scoring around the basket. He also had 41 blocks, which for a guy who is a 6-foot-7 (he is listed at 6-foot-9) wing player has to be considered a good thing. He was measured with a seven foot wing span add that to his speed and athleticism, and you have a dangerous combination. Robinson put the ball in the bucket a lot for Connecticut. He finished 30th all time in scoring for Connecticut.
The Bad: Robinson is still incredibly raw and has not mastered all aspects of the game. His athleticism and energy made up for a lot of that. He has good rebounding instincts and does a great job on the break. But what else can he do and can it translate to the NBA? He was a 52.5 percent shooter but only shot 79 3-pointers and made 34.2 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also shot only 62.9 percent from the line and shot less than 100 free throws his entire senior year. Robinson takes most of his shots around the basket and doe snot have great range away from it. The lack of free throw attempts also suggests he is not great at creating off the dribble. In other words, there was a reason he fell this far. Robinson’s athleticism did not make up for his still developing offensive skills.
Draft Sites Say: Draft Express:
NBADraft.net: “Jumping jack small forward with wiry, sinewy frame … Premier level athlete, almost to the point of intimidation … Jaw dropping length and vertical leap off of two feet. … “Does not possess a natural feel for the game … Basketball IQ/focus needs work … Seems satisfied to ride his athletic prowess, rather than working on suspect areas of his development.”
Final Thoughts: Robinson is a fantastic athlete. Orlando desperately needed some athletes to add to its roster. If Robinson can pick up some offensive skills and build some muscle to his slim frame, he will add something to this team. Getting value at pick number 59 is going to be a rare thing. But the Magic took a flyer on a guy who has first round potential — certainly first round athleticism — and should get a shot at earning a roster spot in October. He still has a long way to go and will need to impress in practice and at Summer League.