Opportunity has knocked for Thomas Robinson with a trade from the dysfunctional Kings to the playoff contending Rockets. Robinson goes from averaging 15.9 MPG with the Kings to a possible 25-30 MPG gig with the Rockets. There’s not much competition for PT in Houston at this point. Patrick Patterson was averaging 25.9 MPG and Marcus Morris saw 21.4 MPG this season in Houston. They are now in Sacramento and Phoenix. Royce White is out of shape in the D-League while Chandler Parsons, Francisco Garcia and Carlos Delfino could take away minutes if the Rockets decide to go with smaller lineups.
Robinson was averaging 4.8 PPG and 4.7 RPG so far this season. His per 36 minutes rates are 11.0 PPG with 10.6 RPG. The number 5 overall pick of the 2012 draft inexplicably couldn’t find a role in the Kings rotation. I thought Robinson would make a significant impact right away due to his NBA type body, skill set, and high level of college competition. The more experienced Jason Thompson takes up most of the minutes at power forward in Sacramento. However, Thompson can be inconsistent and I believe doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as Robinson. What the Kings are trying to do at this point is anyone’s guess. I was confused why Robinson couldn’t play more in Sacramento, but the move to ship him out after half a season is a head scratcher. Saving a bit of money shouldn’t supersede putting out a competitive team.
The Kansas product lacks a consistent mid-range jumper and polished post moves. Playing with James Harden should help to elevate his offensive game around the basket. His ability to defend bigs in the pick and roll will certainly help Kevin McHale’s squad. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has added another solid move to his resume. Fantasy owners looking to add a solid move to their resume should race to waivers and pick up Robinson.