A large contingent of ESPN writers and analysts forecasted who they believed would be the 2012 Rookie of the Year when the season is all said and done.
Of the 100 writers who cast their vote, one single analyst voted for Thomas Robinson, and he finished in a tie for seventh in the voting. Yes, fourth place was tied with Beal/Barnes/Valanciunas with only two votes a piece, but they were still ranked above our guy.
Despite all of the hoopla and excitement about his talent and energy on the floor, Robinson failed to qualify in the top six of the voting.
But if Anthony Davis were taken out of the equation, I question where our guy TRob would rank amongst the other candidates.
We saw what playing in the Sacramento market can do to a player's rank amongst Rookie of the Year candidates this past year when Isaiah Thomas finished seventh in the voting behind a few players who he outperformed.
I assume that Robinson was placed in the seventh spot because of his expected role on the team this season, and the fact that he may have a hard time starting over JT. On top of that, they may be looking at his sub par summer league averages: 34% FG Percentage, 4.8 TO per game, and only .2 Blocks despite near double-doubles at 13 PPG & 9.8 RPG.
Not sure why they ranked Robinson #7 despite many predictions prior to the draft of him being #4 on Chad Ford's draft board and #2 on several mock drafts.
What is everyone's thoughts on this, and where will he actually wind up?