When your selected in the second round of the NBA Draft, the team who drafted you doesn’t have to offer you a guaranteed contract. They have the choice to bring you in and run you through camp and then make a decision on whether they want to keep you long-term.
However, that was wasn’t the case for Glenn Robinson III, because on Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who drafted Robinson with the 40th overall pick in the NBA draft In June, decided to sign the former Michigan star to a guaranteed contract, according to a report from Yahoo.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Glenn Robinson III, the 40th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has reached agreement on a guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The process of getting a deal done with Robinson, a former University of Michigan forward, became a circuitous process because of the Timberwolves’ roster upheaval this summer.
Robinson flew to Minneapolis to sign an agreement on Monday and planned to begin preparations with the T’wolves for the start of training camp later this month, sources said.
While there is no doubt that this is great news that for Robinson. I think it safe to say that Robinson’s work is just beginning. Going into his rookie season, Robinson is expected to play the three position. When you consider that the Timberwolves already have wings like Andrew Wiggins, Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel and even Anthony Bennett, who is also capable of playing some small forward. There is almost no doubt that Robinson is going to have fight for every minute that he gets on the court.
That being said, I still think Robinson is in a good overall situation in Minnesota.
At 6-foot-6, there is no doubt that Robinson III has good size and athleticism to play the NBA wing position. He is very quick which gives him the ability to get to the rim quickly, then you add that with his explosive leaping ability and you have yourself a raw but athletic star. Despite his unselfishness as a scorer, he also remains to be an efficient scorer, shooting 50 percent from the field all while averaging only one turnover per game. He also continues to be a solid rebounder, averaging close to five rebounds a game. Then on the defensive side of the ball, he continues to make plays in the passing lane with his great length and remain fundamental and discipline during one-on-one defensive match-ups.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that I feel he is still adjusting to his new-found role and working on his skill set for the wing position. Going into Minnesota, you have to remember that Robinson is still working to improve his handles, dribble pull up game and three-point shot. Then if that’s not enough, I also worry about Robinson’s mental toughness. During his college career, Robinson struggled with letting the game come to him and learning how make an impact regardless of whether he is struggling to score or not.
Going into Minnesota, I honestly think the Timberwolves as a team could help Robinson III to develop his full potential. In addition, I like the idea of Robinson being around veteran leadership and great players who will challenge him and help him to grow like small forward Corey Brewer, who he shares a similar skill set with.
Plus, in Minnesota, he won’t immediately be thrown into the starting line-up and ask to be a star, he will more than likely be given a role where he comes of the bench and is asked to make an impact, which is what I feel he needs, if he plans to have a successful professional career in the league.
Everyone knows that Robinson’s father, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, was the No. 1 pick in the 1994 NBA draft and had 11 productive seasons in the league.
Now, Glenn Robinson III has his chance to prove that he can stick around and have a productive career in the NBA as well.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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