July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Toronto Raptors power forward Ed Davis (32) guards Sacramento Kings forward Thomas Robinson (0) in the second half of the game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
You'll be unsurprised to learn that when SBNation.com's Mike Prada ranked the 50-some rookies who played at the Orlando or Vegas Summer Leagues, Kings' No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson did not rate particularly high. Robinson was ranked No. 32, behind everyone picked ahead of him who appeared (even Dion Waiters, No. 31) and no shortage of players picked behind him, obviously. Prada explains:
The scary thing about Robinson's Summer League is how differently he played than he did at Kansas. Rather than throw his weight around inside, which is why he was drafted No. 5 overall, Robinson was content to play point forward and drift out on the perimeter. There were so, so many possessions where his foot never even touched the paint. Unless the Kings are planning on turning their rebounding beast of a prospect into Boris Diaw, this was Robinson's doing.
Nail, meet head. That's exactly my concern: you're not concerned with production at this point, but a player who played like Robinson did at Summer League -- in that style, as a modified Michael Beasley for all intents and purposes -- would not go No. 5 in that draft. The style of play is the concern, not the lower point total (though the low point total is indicative of the low field goal percentage, which stemmed from the style of play).
That said, I thought Robinson was as advertised in Game 5. We don't need the 6-of-8 shooting he had in the second half, but the style of play fit much better. Own the paint, young man!
In case you're curious, SBNation.com's Scott Schroeder, who was in Vegas all 10 days, handed the power forward spot on the All-Rookie team to Terrence Jones. Also note that Jimmer Fredette did not make the All-Vet team.