Mar 30, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Glenn Robinson III (1) reacts after a basket against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half of the finals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Glenn Robinson III has lingering questions


The son of Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson expectedly has the physical profile of an elite NBA small forward. He is 6-foot-7 with a wingspan approaching 6-foot-10, and Robinson’s athleticism allows him to fill the lanes and finish strong. That made up a large portion of his offense in two years with the Michigan Wolverines. He shot a ridiculous 83 percent at the rim this past year, according to Averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his sophomore season, Robinson showed glimpses of his NBA potential this past season.


Robinson lacks the ability to be a prolific scorer, leaving question-marks about what he can be. His 32 percent three-point shooting reflected his lack of a jumper, but Robinson also doesn’t have a great ability to get open shots himself — or for that matter create for others. he did shoot 40 percent on two-point jumpers and has a capable mid-range game, but he certainly lost a lot of efficiency between his two college seasons after point guard Trey Burke left for the NBA. Even alongside potential lottery pick Nik Stauskas, Robinson struggled to get involved playing power forward on an undersized team that also included swingman Caris LeVert. Robinson is also one of the worst rebounders among NCAA small forwards and averaged just 5.5 per 40 minutes.


Two things can help Robinson turn his athletic talents into NBA production. Developing range on his jumper should help him stretch the floor and play off others, as he has done in his college years. The defensive end could be the bigger issue for Robinson. Though he has the length and athleticism to make a difference on that end, he never quite showed the willingness to grind as a one-on-one defender. There was improvements from his sophomore year in terms of focus, but NBA teams might want to see aggression more than simply focus.

How he would fit with the Suns

At the backend of the first round, the Phoenix Suns might see Robinson as somewhat of a project. He’s 20 years old and with some mentoring from Jeff Hornacek could extend his jumper to three-point range, and thus find himself as a similar threat to his father, who was an excellent scorer throughout his career despite his limited offensive skills. If the Suns end up taking a guard and a power forward with their first picks, trade their first few picks or, more generally, have space on the roster, they could find value with the 27th pick and select a wing such as Robinson.

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