Thomas Robinson has been traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, and he is already on his third team in just a year of being in the NBA — a rare and tough fate of a prospect that was selected fifth overall in the 2012 NBA draft. But Robinson could finally break through in Portland.
The Blazers are looking for a starting center, and LaMarcus Aldridge is occupying the power forward slot for the team. However, Portland’s bench was overwhelmingly awful last season and the worst in the league. That is obviously a bad thing for a team that is looking to find its way back into the playoffs, but it’s good news to Robinson.
T-Rob will be fighting for minutes with Meyers Leonard, but, by the looks of it, that’s about it. Sure, putting him on a team such as the Charlotte Bobcats where he could start would probably be better for his development, but the Blazers have a relatively thin frontcourt and Robinson will definitely get an opportunity to show what he is capable of. He does have a lot of flaws to his game, but he is still young and athletic and could very well develop into a solid big man.