Where did Duncan Robinson come from? It seems like just last season he would only touch the floor In the last seconds of a blowout. This year however he’s one of our most impact players on a contending roster. Let’s take a deeper look into how exactly Duncan Robinson became such an impact player so quickly
What’s impressive is the journey Robinson has come across over the last five years of his basketball career. He started his collegiate basketball career playing division III at Williams College before finally transferring to Michigan after his freshman season. Duncan was only a two-star recruit when he headed into Michigan. Robinson played all four seasons at Michigan winning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by the coaches. He’s always been a sharpshooter from beyond the arc leading the big ten in shooting 45% from three-point land. By the time he finished at Michigan, he was fourth on the all-time list in threes made in Wolverines History. Robinson’s senior season had Michigan lost to Villanova in the championship game.
Robinson declared for the 2018 NBA draft and spent all of the draft night waiting to hear his name called. Shortly after he signed a contract with the Miami Heat. He primarily spent most of his first season In the G-League averaging 21.4 points. He did spend 15 games In the NBA averaging just about 3 points in a little over 10 minutes. This year however Robinson has taken the league by storm.
His month of December was outstanding as he becomes a regular starter in Miami’s rotation with the absence of Justise Winslow. He even tied the Miami Heat record for most three’s made in one game. In the past Miami has had sharpshooting specialists such as Wayne Ellington, but one thing separates Robinson from past deadeyes from the arch. His commitment to the defensive side of the ball which allows him to stay on the floor. He isn’t an all-defensive team member but his length and commitment have brought an edge others haven’t in the past.
Robinson is even hovering around an elite milestone that not many NBA players have achieved. The 50-40-0 club requires players to have at least 50 percent field goal percentage, 40 percent three-point field goal percentage, and 90 percent free throw percentage. Only nine players are part of this elite club with Kevin Durant, Larry Bird, and Stephen Curry just being some to hold this accomplishment. Currently, Robinson is averaging 46% from three, 95% from the free-throw line, and 49% on field goal attempts.
Its quite remarkable the work Robinson has put to improve his game so much over the course of a year. I fully expect him to be in Chicago for All-Star weekend participating in the three-point contest. Also, his name deserves more buzz for the Most improved player award alongside teammate Bam Adebayo. I look forward to seeing Duncan’s game grow even more as his career is only getting started. Once again Miami found another diamond in the rough.
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