June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Thomas Robinson (Kansas), right, is introduced as the number five overall pick to the Sacramento Kings by NBA commissioner David Stern during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Surprise! Kings Snag Thomas Robinson With 5th Pick

Kings fans entered Thursday with really no idea what could happen in the draft. Would Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slip? Would Geoff Petrie surprise everyone with a Damian Lillard or Andre Drummond pick? Would the Kings even hold onto the 5th choice?

Among all the scenarios, one that nobody was really banking on actually played out.


Thomas Robinson, the University of Kansas workhorse, fell into the Kings lap, and Sacramento didn’t hesitate to scoop him up, to the delight of Kings fans everywhere.

Known as a relentless rebounder with a developing offensive game, Robinson joins DeMarcus Cousins to form what is suddenly an imposing frontline. With Jason Thompson still expected to be re-signed, Sacramento should have three beasts on the boards, all of whom can get up and down the court.

It’s also satisfying to know the Kings organization got a great guy off the court as well. Robinson has a well-documented past, in which he lost his grandparents and mother in a short time span. As a result, he is currently helping to raise his 9-year-old sister, and the emotion of being drafted brought T-Rob to tears.

On the court, Robinson will immediately become a rotation member, and long-term, it’s scary to think of the potential of a DMC/T-Rob front line. Two guys who aren’t going to take any crap on the floor — bring it on, NBA.

The Kings pick next at No. 36 in the second round.

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