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Thomas Robinson says he feels “wanted” in Portland

Aug 20, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

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One year ago Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 overall pick, now he enters he second NBA season already on his third team.

He was drafted into the mess that was Sacramento, was traded to Houston where he showed some flashes but where he was mostly an asset to be moved in the Rockets’ Dwight Howard quest.

Now he is in Portland, where he’s not going to start at the four — that LaMarcus Aldridge guy is pretty good — but he can be part of an improved bench that pushes the Blazers into playoff contention.

Robinson told (remember he’s a Jayhawk) that he feels a lot more settled now.

“I feel wanted there, which is a good thing,” Robinson said. “They are young, especially with the main core guys, so I will try to go in there, find a spot to help the team. For them to come in and make me feel like it’s home for me is definitely a big deal.”

Robinson got a harsh introduction in his rookie season, both to the NBA game and to the NBA as a business. But if he can mature from that there is a role for him in Portland — he needs to be more physical and a beast on the boards (rebound out of position, not just where you are standing), and he needs to be better on defense. Do that and the minutes and points will come.

Young guys like himself, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard can be part of a young bench unit that brings some energy behind the starters. Combine them with some vets like Mo Williams and Robinson’s stock can go up. He’s not an All-Star in this league, but he can be a good role player if he works on those skills.

  1. skinsfanwill - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Please work on your game. He has the physical abilities to be a great player. Just spend the off-season actually working on your game.

  2. knicksmets - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Feel bad for him, discarded so often in a brief period. Hopefully he can make the best of his time in Portland and show the kings and the rockets that he can be a good player in this league. Isn’t that bad of player and he is young so there is hope for him

  3. flickflint - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I wish he would’ve stated on the Rockets, that team would have been a monster in 2K14 lol, still will but I like his game. He needs to start.

  4. spursareold - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Wow, how expectations change in a short time. He goes from the #5 overall pick to maybe being a servicable player.

  5. jayrodt - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I’ll never forget feeling perplexed by the fact that the ball handlers on Sacramento’s summer league team(including Jimmer) were so bad that Robinson actually brought the ball up the court about half of the time.

  6. wowwowbad - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    If their core players can avoid injuries they will be a very tough team to beat.

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