2012’s NBA Draft is growing stronger by the day; in the past 24 hours alone, two lottery picks have thrown their name into an already-crowded field. Kansas’s Thomas Robinson and Baylor’s Perry Jones III will forego their senior and junior seasons, respectively.
The pair of Big 12 studs are all but guaranteed to be lottery picks, but represent players headed in dramatically different directions. Robinson was one of the nation’s best last season, and while his success was far from shocking, he elevated his game in a serious way. He’ll definitely be a top five pick, and could potentially go in the top three. Jones, on the other hand, has seen his stock plummet over the past season. One of the most physically talented players in the country, pundits have labeled him soft since his freshman year at Baylor, a fact that prompted him to return for a sophomore campaign. That move ultimately proved ill-advised, as more national exposure seemed to confirm the doubt circling his name.
Whatever the case, both forwards are far away from reaching NBA stardom. Robinson seems to be a player in the mold of Derrick Williams: awkwardly entrenched between the three and the four, too small to be considered a true power forward and not fast enough to be a premier wing player. Jones, for all of the physical talent he possesses, is transparent half of the time he’s on the court. As much as fans might like to label them franchise saviors, neither will fit that bill, both needing some solid coaching to bring out their best.