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Hours removed from Justin Jackson’s release from the organization, Oklahoma City tacked on another “Justin” for the main roster in Justin Robinson.
Justin Robinson played a full four years at Virginia Tech before going undrafted in 2019. Since then, Robinson has bounced around the NBA G-League across the Wizards and 76ers affiliates, numbering a paltry 9 NBA appearances for Washington.
Robinson’s recent play with the Delaware Blue Coats by all accounts won Sam Presti over. With Delaware, the leftie posted averages of 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists (9th league-wide) while shooting 40.5% from distance on 5.9 attempts. Funny enough, Robinson’s top shooting clinic came against the Thunder affiliate Blue, where he boasted a season-high of 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting (4-of-7 3pt.)
Robinson’s acute level of facilitating and finishing at all three-levels this season raised eyebrows, but it was his postseason heroics that garnered the point-guard praise. Robinson became Delaware’s primary option in the postseason touting double-double averages of 15.5 points and 10.7 assists (league-high,) while posting 3.3 steals in the Blue Coats’ path to the finals.
At 6-foot-1, Robinson ranks as the shortest member of the Thunder; however his quick handle and decision making in the pick-and-roll should help to ease any sorts of blowback.
For his ten days, Presti and the organization will likely entrust Robinson to a backup minutes at the point while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander heals from injury.
With the recent signing, the 23-year-old will have his shot to persuade management why he deserves a future in Oklahoma City’s youth-filled roster for another ten days — and more.