With the second pick in the 2012 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft the Charlotte Bobcats select….Thomas Robinson.
This pick was not a fun one to make for a few different reasons. For starters, I think Bradley Beal is the second best talent in the draft, and secondly, I’m still in recovery mode from missing out on Anthony Davis.
Putting those two complaints aside, Robinson is the right selection because he’s more ready to step in and make an immediate impact on an NBA floor more than any player in this draft not named Anthony Davis.
Robinson will be an immediate impact with his physicality around the rim, especially with his ability to rebound. Robinson was second among NCAA forwards last season in rebounds/40 min and averaged 11.9 rebounds/game for a Kansas team that lost to Kentucky in the national championship game.
On the offensive end of the floor Thomas Robinson will provide the Bobcats with a forward that can stretch defenses with his ability to knock down the jump shot off pick-and-rolls, something that Bismack Biyombo certainly cannot do to this point in his development. Robinson will likely develop into the type of forward that will be able to score in a array of ways and has shown glimpses of putting it in the hoop with his back to the basket, facing up defenders, slashing to the rim with spin moves/off the dribble and utilizing the pick-and-roll situation with the jump shot and rolling to the rim. When he touches the ball anywhere under the basket the likelihood of him finishing with authority is highly likely. Robinson is one of the most aggressive players, if not the most aggressive player, in this draft.
The most attractive aspect about Robinson is his will to win and hard work ethic. He hasn’t had a cookie cutter upbringing and basically raised his younger sister by himself due to an unstable family situation. Robinson knows the meaning of commitment, accountability and hard work which seems to make him a very safe selection, production wise, no matter who drafts him on Thursday night.
Below is the remainder of the 2012 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft. Enjoy.
1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis (Joe Gerrity, Hornets247.com)
2. Charlotte: Thomas Robinson (Spencer Percy, Queen City Hoops)
3. Washington: Bradley Beal (Kyle Weidie, Truth About It)
4. Cleveland: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)
5. Sacramento: Harrison Barnes (James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom)
6. Portland: Andre Drummond (Sean Highkin, Portland Roundball Society)
7. Golden State: Dion Waiters (Rasheed Malek, WarriorsWorld.net)
8. Toronto: Jeremy Lamb (Sam Holako, Raptors Republic)
9. Detroit: John Henson (Dan Feldman, PistonPowered)
10. New Orleans: Damian Lillard (Joe Gerrity, Hornets247.com)
11. Portland: Kendall Marshall (Sean Highkin, Portland Roundball Society)
12. Milwaukee: Perry Jones III (Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball)
13. Phoenix: Terrence Ross (Ryan Weisert, Valley of the Suns)
14. Houston: Tyler Zeller (Jared Dubin, Hardwood Paroxysm)
15. Philadelphia: Terrence Jones (Carey Smith, Philadunkia)
16. Houston: Austin Rivers (Robert Silverman, KnickerBlogger)
17. Dallas: Quincy Miller (Connor Huchton, The Two Man Game)
18. Minnesota: Meyers Leonard (Steve McPherson, Hardwood Paroxysm)
29. Orlando: Tony Wroten (Eddy Rivera, MBN)
20. Denver: Andrew Nicholson (Kalen Deremo, Roundball Mining Company)
21. Boston: Jared Sullinger (Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub.com)
22. Boston: Moe Harkless (Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub.com)
23. Atlanta: Royce White (Bret LaGree, Hoopinion)
24. Cleveland: Arnett Moultrie (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)
25. Memphis: Fab Melo (Red Coleman, 3sob.com)
26. Indiana: Marquis Teague (Tim Donahue, 8p9s)
27. Miami: Jeff Taylor (Beckley Mason, HoopSpeak)
28. Oklahoma City: Draymond Green (Royce Young, Daily Thunder)
29. Chicago: Will Barton (Matt McHale, Bulls by the Horns)
30. Golden State: Jared Cunningham (Rasheed Malek, WarriorsWorld.net)