Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Landing the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft may be considered disappointing for the Charlotte Bobcats, but don’t try and tell that to Thomas Robinson.
The Kansas power forward took to Twitter on Wednesday to rip the draft experts who believe it’s a long drop off after presumed No. 1 pick Anthony Davis of Kentucky.
“I could care less where im at on any of your draft boards these the Same so called experts WHO didnt even know i exsisted a yr ago smh Lol,” the 6-foot-9 Robinson Tweeted.
For much of this past college basketball season, Davis and Robinson were neck-and-neck for National Player of the Year honors in a poll on ZAGSBLOG, but Davis pulled away at the end and was the unanimous selection while drawing comparisons to Marcus Camby and Bill Russell.
Davis also beat Robinson head-to-head when Kentucky downed Kansas, 67-59, in the NCAA championship game in New Orleans.
While Davis appears headed back to The Big Easy to play for the Hornets, Robinson could wind up in Charlotte with Michael Jordan’s lowly Bobcats, who won just seven games out of 66 last season.
“Obviously, everyone wants the No. 1 pick,” Charlotte GM Rich Cho said. “We know we’re going to get a good player at number two. Last time I was with a team that had number two, we were able to get Kevin Durant [in Seattle]. So, we’ll go from here and hopefully find the right player for us.”
Robinson, who averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Jayhawks, may not turn out to be Durant, but he could be an NBA All-Star and a 10-year veteran.
“Long as it’s got an NBA patch on the jersey, it sounds good,” Robinson told Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com when asked how Charlotte sounds.
“I would love to play anywhere, man. I’ll make the best out of my situation.”
Robinson has dealt with more than his share of adversity.
He lost his mother, Lisa Robinson, to a heart attack in January 2011, and she herself had lost both her parents in the weeks before that.
From that point on, he was motivated by the need to provide for his younger sister, Jayla, now 9. She stood with him when he announced his plans to declare for the Draft.
So it’s no surprise that Robinson, 21, bristled somewhat at the idea that he’s second-best to anyone.
“These guys get paid to criticize and spectate our games but at the same time I know how my work ethic is and I know how I am,” he said. “I do feel that I’m probably most prepared for the league right now in this draft. So I’m not going to take that back. That’s what I believe, that’s what I’m going to stand by.”
No matter what the draft experts say.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.