Nets sign Thomas Robinson


As if the Thaddeus Young trade wasn’t evidence enough, it’s pretty clear now that the Nets are making an effort to get younger and more athletic. One good way to do so is picking up a well-traveled top draft pick with tons of potential to play back-up minutes.

Robinson is a 6’10” power forward with a 7’3″ wingspan and 35-inch max vertical who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Draft. He’s since been traded to the Rockets, then to the Blazers, then to the Nuggets before finally getting waived. T-Rob is far from polished, but is a rebounding machine, collecting 11.7 per-36 minutes over his career. As a team, the Blazers collected 3.1% more available defensive boards with Robinson on the floor this year. He’s a willing shooter from mid-range, but not an efficient one just yet. 21 of his 47 field goals this season came on dunks.

The Nets have been lacking in frontcourt depth since Mirza Teletovic was declared out for the season, to the point of seemingly playing Joe Johnson at the four full-time right now. Robinson won’t be an impact player, but having a young piece with room to grow and veterans to help him do so will almost never backfire.