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Thomas Robinson not sold on Anthony Davis like everyone else

Jun 9, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

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The hype is everywhere — Anthony Davis is the true only franchise player in this draft. He is the reincarnation of Kevin Garnett (wait, KG is still alive?). He is the best big to come out of college in a decade. He pulled Excalibur out of the stone. He shook hands with bigfoot.

Possible No. 2 pick Thomas Robinson is not buying into your hype machine. Or the scouts who rave about Davis. Or the thing about bigfoot.

So when Davis showed up for the NBA Draft Combine wearing a “check my stats” T-shirt Robinson told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated that everyone should do exactly that.

“If you wanted to check the stats, then I’d be the No. 1 pick easily — if that’s what you want to do,” he said. “I should get one of those shirts. I’ll get a shirt that says, ‘Numbers don’t lie.’ “

Robinson is right, he did have better stats than Davis —17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds per game. But the situations were different, Davis had three other likely lottery picks on his team, Robinson needed to do more for Kansas. Davis also is a better defender, is longer, and… you get the idea.

Besides, the draft is not about who was the best player last season, it’s about projecting who will be the best player three years, even five years from now.

Sorry Mr. Robinson, that will be Davis.

  1. knicksukcats - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Robinson is really starting to turn me off with his comments on Davis all the time. I feel for him with all the hardships he has gone through but he needs to make his case on his own merits rather than trying to downplay what Davis did. Davis was having fun with a shirt and this dude gets all serious. If you wanna check some stats for real then some dude from Appalachian St who lead CBB in scoring(sarcasm) would be the number one pick according to him. Lets face it. It took you 3 years to start on your team and become a good player. Davis only played one and did more than you. Plus he has room to improve. Get over it bro. He is just better. Maybe not the franchise savior that ppl are saying but still better.

    • jizzojames - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Wow!! So he should just give up his competitive edge and stop lobbying for himself. I like what Robinson is doing, because fact of the matter NOBODY KNOWS who will be better 5 years from now. I bet in the 2003 draft the Pistons thought Darko Milicic would be a standout, drafting him over Carmelo, Wade and Bosh but look how that turned out. I’m not comparing Davis to Milicic, but until we see these guys in NBA uniforms on their respective teams they’re both rookies starting from ground zero.

  2. rajbais - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    “He is the best big to come out of college in a decade???”

    He’s not as good as Dwight Howard was when he came out!!!! I need a “man amongst boys”.

    I like him better than Thomas Robinson, but the lack of scoring and being awesome enough so his teammates could feed him the ball way more often (don’t worry!!! I’m not promoting selfishness!!!) should be a red flag.

    • snoopy2014 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Howard never came out of college. He never went.

      • rajbais - Jun 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Out of the draft!!!!!!!

        You don’t have to leave college in order to enter the draft!!! Foreign teams??? Before 2006, High school???

      • rajbais - Jun 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        @snoopy2014

        Bro!!! You never heard the phrase “coming out of the draft”???

      • snoopy2014 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        You didn’t use the phrase “coming out of the draft.” Go look at your post. The Kurt quote you highlighted said he’s the best big to come out of “college.” You responded by saying Dwight Howard is better … who never went out of college. So Kurt never said Davis is better than Howard.

        English comprehension skills. You could use some.

  3. wussbasket - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    I would do everything in my power to avoid being drafted by the bobcats

    • lvtutorservice - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

      Robinson wants to be close to his hometown of Washington, DC after spending three years in Kansas. A mock draft had him at #5 Sacramento. Charlotte’s at #2 and Washington at #3. Maybe he’s lobbying to be close to home in DC.

  4. paulydefense - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Robinson said the same thing right before the National Championship game, and look how that turned out for him…

  5. lakerluver - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Anthony D is a future superstar. He will be the type of player who doesn’t need to score 30 a night to dominate a game. But he will dominate in many facets of a game.

    • elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Anthony D = Marcus Camby 2.0 (if he’s lucky)

  6. lyndseymarieee - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I think he shouldn’t worry about who is going to go #1 and just be happy that he gets to be in the NBA draft to begin with. How many people on this planet can say that? A handful. A handful of 6 billion+ people.

  7. mungman69 - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Yea, he should stop worrying about #1 and worry about how high he will be drafted.

  8. greej1938l - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Davis will be a bigger bust then Greg Oden

    • dko83 - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      And the award for “Dumbest Thing I’ll Read Today” goes to… This post ^

  9. fnc111 - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Eyeball test. Robinson is too short to be a PF. Anthony Davis is light years better already. Davis owned him in the championship game.

    • lvtutorservice - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      Robinson may lack height, but I think he will have the longer NBA career barring injury.

  10. diabloryno - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Reincarnation of KG? One of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard. Davis offensive game is a half of what KG’s was when he came into the league. Not saying Davis isn’t going to be a Baller, but KG is stretch.

  11. robmar924 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Davis reminds me of Brittney Griner

  12. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Reminds me more of Ed Davis, this Count von Count looking dude.

    Robinson could end up being another Boozer, so he should be quiet about Davis.

  13. billymc75 - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    He’s to weak , he’ll be pushed around

  14. bigtrav425 - Jun 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    you think Davis is going to be the better player in 3-5 yrs?….il take that bet because I don’t think he will be.you answered your own question with what u said abo7t Davis having more around him the Robinson.therefore Robinson is ahead of Camby errrrrrr Davis now and will be then

  15. 1historian - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Davis was 6’2″ in the first few years of H.S. and was a P.G. so he has that skill too – then he grew real fast up to 6’10″. He is unselfish a good team player. He didn’t score much in the N.C. game but he did so many other things that it was a no-brainer who was the mvp. This clown Robinson seems like a real asshole.

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