In our continuing series profiling possible draft picks for the Chicago Bulls, we will be looking at Glenn Robinson III.
Robinson is a 6-7, 211-pound forward with a 6-10 wingspan. He is a tremendous athlete with a high motor. Has an NBA-ready, tough body. His athleticism allows him to play great above the rim. He is a highlight waiting to happen. He is one of the few players who is ambidextrous, so he can smoothly run on either side of the court.
Robinson has good floor vision, which helps him find the defensive holes and driving lanes. He is a terror on the transition, getting many of his shots through put-backs and tip-ins.
It is difficult to assess Robinson’s shooting. He shot a good 49% from the field last season, but a lot of those shots were close in, and he shot just 31% from three. Of course, if he is still able to get those high percentage shots, his team will take it.
On defense, Robinson has good lateral movement, which gives him the ability to keep up with his man. His long arms and instincts help him jump the passing lane, knock the ball away and get on transition to get an easy basket.
In his two years at Michigan, Robinson played alongside some good talent. Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas and Chris LeVert. Having such talented teammates made Robinson become a little passive on offense. He seemed content most times to play a secondary role on the offense.
Robinson is also a bit dependent on other players to help him create his shot. That could be a problem, but with the Bulls, who have good passers like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler, he could fit right in. His athleticism at the rim can also help save Rose and his knees.
Robinson sometimes concentrates too much on trying to come up with a game-changing or highlight play. He has to learn that if he just concentrates more on making a fundamentally sound play, he could be more efficient. He is just twenty years old still so he has a learning curve.
Robinson has an NBA pedigree. His father, Glenn Robinson was the number one pick in the 1994 draft, and was a two-time All Star. I am sure he is already tutoring him on life in the NBA and what he needs to do to succeed.
Glenn Robinson III has the physical ability and attitude needed to be successful. He is still fine-tuning his game, and where some players have to adjust from being “the man” to being a role player, Robinson doesn’t have a problem with that. If he can improve his shooting and transfer the same offensive effort to the defensive end, he could become a very solid player in the NBA.