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Thomas Robinson gets best of Jared Sullinger at NBA Summer League

Jul 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Thomas Robinson has been one of the more underwhelming first round picks at the NBA Summer League, though that’s partially due to the high expectations bestowed upon the first round pick. The Sacramento Kings played their fifth and final game on Thursday evening, though, giving Robinson one last chance to keep Kings fans from becoming too concerned.

Mission: Accomplished.

Robinson’s box score still wasn’t overly impressive as he made just six of his 14 shot attempts and only hit half of his six free-throw attempts, but watching him for the fifth time over the course of this week, the rookie showed the reason he was made the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft (and, due to a uniform snafu, he did it all without a name or number on his back).

Robinson had a better attitude than he’s previously showed at Summer League as it didn’t seem like he got down on himself after every missed shot he took and, with that, came an increase in rebounds. The power forward pulled down 16 rebounds while matched up with Jared Sullinger who, for the first time since the Orlando Summer League began last week (eight games of Summer League action thus far for the Celtics), looked underwhelming.

Sullinger and Robinson were likely matches many times throughout the pre-draft process and, had it not been for Sullinger being red-flagged, it sounded like they might be selected in roughly the same spot in this year’s Draft. Robinson showed Thursday that that would have been a mistake, however, as Sullinger was held to just six points on seven shots to go with five fouls and four turnovers.

It’s tough to make too much of a Summer League performance, but Robinson seems closer to being who we thought he’d be following Thursday’s performance.

  1. Mr. Jones - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

  2. fanz928 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Jared is a huge steal he a potential lottery pick probably around 7 but because of his health he was dropped all the way to Boston

  3. dgbk - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    “it sounded like they might be selected in roughly the same spot in this year’s Draft. Robinson showed Thursday that that would have been a mistake…..”

    How do you make the above statement than say this “It’s tough to make too much of a Summer League performance.” I would rather take the guy who showed up for several games as appose to one if I’m going to base anything off summer league games.

  4. monkeyhateclean - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Sully should fire his agent and mgmt team. He would have been a top 5 pick as a freshman but stayed in college and showed everyone he’s an unathletic, below the rim guy with a bad back. BOS reached, Sully should have fallen to the 2nd round IMO.

    • bucsnsincity - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      What does his agent and or management team have anything to do with that? Him not coming out was his own decision as he didn’t have an agent or management team in college. You hire them once you declare.

  5. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    i’m not gonna take any preseason performance seriously. i’ll wait until real bullets are flying. last year, during the carolina panthers’ preseason, cam newton looked like a guy who might get cut and be out of the league in a few years based on his preseason performance.

    no one really remembers those days anymore after his 1st game as an nfl pro.

  6. 1historian - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    we’ll see

  7. misterdreamer119 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I watched the game. Sullinger struggled on offense. He rebounded well and can pass. Hes a basketball player. His game is comp to K Loves a wide body with soft hands can shoot. If he works on his conditioning and core strength, he can be a starter in 2 years. He will contribute this year. Go Celtics.

  8. giselleisasucubus - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Scott, first time watching Sullinger this summer? Here is the real deal. Sullinger had one bad game out of 10 for the Celts in TWO summer leagues over the last 2 weeks. He is the low post presence he appeared to be in college. He will be put through Doc’s conditioning and be a big presence for this Celtics teams. Thomas Robinson had a decent game, but Sullinger clearly has a high upside and will make a bigger impact on a playoff team.

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