Rockets throw Robinson a life raft
By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Seven players were moved as part of two Houston Rockets trades Wednesday night, but only one is going to get a bump in fantasy value out of the moves.
That player: Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, who was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Rockets.
The reason Robinson is suddenly relevant in fantasy leagues is that Houston cleared out both members of its power forward platoon with the moves, dealing Patrick Patterson to Sacramento and Morris to the Phoenix Suns.
Robinson best assets are his athleticism, which allows him to be a capable defender and rebounder, and his high motor, which fits in well on a Rockets team that leads the NBA in average possessions per 48 minutes at 98.9, according to hoopdata.com.
When the Kings drafted Robinson, it looked as though the team was trying to provide center DeMarcus Cousins with a capable complement, but the team never really gave that combination a chance.
Robinson barely played, taking up just 16 minutes per game and playing 209 minutes total with Cousins on the court, compared to 601 with Cousins on the bench. He averaged 4.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks per game overall.
The 6-foot-10 power forward's offensive game is limited and he isn't going to be taking any threes, whereas Patterson and Morris averaged a combined 5.6 3- point attempts per game, but he's a better rebounder than both Patterson and Morris already and should play an important role on a team that likes to run- and-gun.
It usually isn't that simple to predict what a team's plans are, but Houston showed its hand by dealing both Patterson and Morris. There are big minutes to be filled -- Patterson and Morris were averaging a combined 47 minutes per game in February -- and Robinson is the best option right away.
Chandler Parsons can also play power forward, but the Jeremy Lin-James Harden- Carlos Delfino-Parsons-Omer Asik five-man unit has allowed a pitiful 107 points per 100 possessions this season, according to 82games.com.
Houston has some young options besides Robinson, including Royce White and Terrence Jones, but Jones has played even less than Robinson this season and White just made his D-League debut after a season-long dispute with the team over the handling of his mental health issues. White was reportedly "woefully out of shape" when he reported, according to Ric Bucher of CSN Bay Area, so there's no guarantee he will be up with the Rockets anytime this season.
Robinson is the best prospect of the three players anyway. He was taken fifth in last year's draft while White went 16th and Jones went two picks later.
Robinson is available in 67 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so fantasy owners can still buy in on the man who could become the latest Rockets acquisition to blast off.
02/21 17:33:20 ET