Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson said earlier this week that he feels ‘wanted’ by the his new team, according to Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk on NBCSports.com.
The former Kansas Jayhawk is now with his third NBA franchise and has found comfort with his new team that gives him the impression that he is needed.
“I feel wanted there, which is a good thing,” Robinson said. “They are young, especially with the main core guys, so I will try to go in there, find a spot to help the team. For them to come in and make me feel like it’s home for me is definitely a big deal.”
The 22-year-old had a turmoil-filled rookie season after being selected in last year’s draft as the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. As a member of the Kings, he had difficulty being consistently productive for the team because of his limited playing time which in 51 games played he averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. In last season’s November 7th game against the Detroit Pistons, Robinson was ejected after elbowing Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko in the throat which he subsequently received a two-game suspension for his actions.
He was traded to the Houston Rockets this past February along with Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. The Rockets made the move to acquire Robinson in hopes of him competing to possibly become the team’s starting power forward and join a young talented starting lineup that includes James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin but he once again struggled to get on the floor. In his 19 games in Houston, he average 4.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 13.o minutes per game.
His whirlwind of a first year in the league did not end in the regular season as he was traded in the offseason to the Trail Blazers in exchange for two future second round draft picks and the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Marko Todorovic. In Portland he will now have the opportunity play behind an established two-time All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge and develop his offensive skill set alongside a young talented core of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Nicolas Batum.
Robinson ultimately wants to get back to being the aggressive and energetic player he knows he can be.
“My career isn’t over,” Robinson said. “It doesn’t matter what I did last year. I need to get back to being who I am as a player. That’s all I plan to do this year.”