Thomas Robinson had an interesting rookie season to say the least. Drafted 5th overall by the Sacramento Kings, he was supposed to help lead the Kings’ rebuilding process, but it didn’t work out that way. Robinson was traded to the Rockets after just 51 games, and his minutes were declining even before the trade. Robinson never really found a role in Houston, and was traded to Portland this off-season to make room for Dwight Howard. Overall, Robinson finished 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, and now, all the trades are starting to weigh on his confidence–from the irreplaceable Lang Greene over at HOOPSWORLD:
“I’ve been tossed around a couple of times,” Robinson told HOOPSWORLD. “So [my confidence] is up in the air right now. But I’m working my way back into getting a rhythm, so [eventually] it will be there.”
Robinson will have the chance to make an impact in Portland, as they are a young team, and he will have the amount of minutes to prove himself. He will back up LaMarcus Aldridge, but can also play alongside him in smaller lineups for coach Terry Stotts. Robinson is known as a hustler, a great rebounder, and a guy who can bring toughness for an undersized player. He grabbed 21% of all defensive rebounds when he was on the floor last season, and we will see if he can find some footing in the
Rose Garden Moda Center this season.