Stanley Robinson (UCONN)
6'8, SF, 215 lbs.
Robinson, the most gifted athlete in the draft flies all over the court, leaping with the best of them. However, after 4 years of college ball, he is still raw in many facets of the game.
Like many athletic players, Robinson excels in transition where he can use his athleticism to great advantage. He plays best within 10 feet of the hoop; crashing the boards, shooting, adjusting, and making difficult shots in mid-air. Robinson has at least improved his mid-range jumper and three point shot to somewhat respectable levels. He also has some mini-post moves shooting turn-around jumpers or taking it to the rack and finishing.
However, much of Robinson's game offensively needs improvement. He has solid handles, but they aren't tight enough to be a threat off the dribble, is not a good passer, and even though his shot is improved, it looks uncomfortable. If Robinson was to add somewhat of a mid-range game to go along with better ball-handling, he could become a serious threat offensively.
Robinson's excels on the defensive end of the court. He uses his long arms to get into passing lanes and stays in front of his own man using outstanding lateral quickness. He plays great help defense using his vertical and length to block post players from behind. Robinson needs to improve on consistency at the next level, but his defensive ability should earn him playing time in the NBA.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Right now, Robinson is still very raw offensively for a NBA small forward. If he was to add a mid-range game and tighten handles a little better, I can see him being a poor man's Josh Howard. If he does not he should at least provide versatility at the next level to guard positions 1-4 and emulate a little of Jamario Moon.
Overall, Robinson should work on jump shot and focus on defense to get into the league. Right now he is projected to go late first round. In fact, due to shooting ability, I grade Quincy Pondexter higher than Robinson due to the improvement of both over their careers. However, if Robinson is able to put it together, the sky is the limit.
How does he fit on the Bulls?
With Luol Deng at small forward and limited outside shooting for the Bulls, I really do not see him fitting well. Also, I do not know if I have enough confidence in Robinson's ability to develop a consistent outside shot if he showed little improvement after four years of college ball.