Fresno State junior Orlando Robinson has had himself a nice year in the Mountain West Conference. The 7-foot, 235-pound big man has improved his game every year at school and that has him on the radar for quite a few front offices. He is a player who makes winning plays and has his team contending for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
While Robinson doesn’t do any one thing that pops off film, he does all the little things you like to see out of a potential professional role player. He is a master of none, but jack-of-all-trades when it comes to transferable NBA skills.
He rebounds, he passes well at his size, he can shoot it most places on the floor, and he can take slower defenders off the dribble. Here are his stats through 26 games on the season.
- 18.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.7 APG
- 47.4 FG%, 31.1 3P%, 74.5 FT%
- 29.7 PER, 112.0 ORtg, 89.8 DRtg
One of the underrated parts of Robinson’s game is that he can take slower or bigger defenders off the dribble from the perimeter. He has more than just a straight-line drive as he has a couple of moves he likes to use to shake the defender.
He will still have to tighten up the handles a bit, but he has a nice foundation to work with when he gets to the next level. This kind of driving also helps him get to the free-throw line more than fives times a game where he shoots a respectable percentage.
Robinson has a nice post-up game and is able to face up out of the high post. His mid-range jumper makes him a threat from there as defenders on him usually have to give up the jumper or play too tight and risk the drive. When he gets into the low post, Robinson has a couple of different moves he likes to use with one of them being a nice turn around fadeaway that his defenders just can’t get to on a contest.
While the offense is nice, Robinson is also a solid defender as you can see by his block and steal numbers. He’s got a plus wingspan and is solid at timing his jump. He knows he is not a supreme athlete, which is why he is so good with his timing. He has to get his contest or block without fouling and to do that, he plays under control.
A major advantage that Robinson holds is that he went through the draft process and played in the G League Elite Camp last year. He found out what he needed to improve in his game and did exactly that. It should translate to him getting picked late in the first round or early second round at worst.