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How Outsiders See The Kings' Thomas Robinson Pick

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I demand approval! What are non-Kings people saying about Sacramento's decision to pick Thomas Robinson No. 5 in the 2012 NBA Draft? We begin with our pal Chad Ford.

This is a dream scenario for the Kings. They need the toughness, the rebounding and the motor that Robinson brings to the table. I think he's the perfect fit in the frontcourt alongside DeMarcus Cousins.

John Hollinger had Robinson No. 2 on his board overall in his annual Draft Rater piece last week.

My bud Andrew Sharp had this to say about the Kings' draft at SBNation.com:

So, it's hard to get upset about taking Thomas Robinson. He's as NBA-ready as anyone in the draft, he's tough, and next to DeMarcus Cousins he gives the Kings a frontline that they can count on for the next decade or so. But Harrison Barnes would have more sense--you can find lots of blue collar power forwards, but it's harder to find a third option as talented as Barnes. He's not good enough to be a superstar on his own, but wedged between Tyreke and DMC, Barnes would have been perfect. Still, Robinson's a solid building block for Sacramento, and even if the Maloofs got cheap and sold a second round pick that could have been Kim English or Quincy Miller (either of whom might have been a solution at the 2/3) ... remember last year? When Sacramento engineered that completely indefensible trade to draft Jimmer in the lottery? Things could be a lot worse than drafting a forward you can pencil into the starting lineup for the next 10 years. GRADE: B

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