Glenn Robinson III 2016 Season Review

Pacers reserve Glenn Robinson III reflects on his 2015-16 season and shares his thoughts as he enters the offseason.

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Glenn Robinson III 2016 Season Review

Pacers reserve Glenn Robinson III reflects on his 2015-16 season and shares his thoughts as he enters the offseason.
May 11, 2016  |  01:52

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May 11, 2016  |  02:51

Player Review 2016: Glenn Robinson III

by Mark Montieth
Pacers.com Writer
@MarkMontieth

Age: 22
Years pro: 2
Status: Has a partial guarantee for next season. The Pacers also have an option for the following season.
Key stats: Averaged 3.8 points on 43 percent shooting in 45 appearances, four as a starter. Hit 38 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Glenn Robinson III began the season full of mystery and potential, easily the Pacers' most intriguing player. He remained unsolved at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old forward had the second-most promising preseason behind Paul George, a proven player who answered all questions about his health in the exhibition games. Robinson was the team's second-best player in those games, averaging 10.3 points in 23.6 minutes per game. He hit 54 percent of his field goal attempts, 47 percent of his 3-pointers and 87 percent of his foul shots.

"I love the kid," Paul George said then. "I've been able to spend the whole summer with him. He was completely different when he first came in. Now it's coming around for him. He's going to be good. He's going to be real good."

Robinson wasn't "real good" during the regular season, but still showed hints of what could be. Playing in 45 games for an average of 11.3 minutes, he averaged 3.8 points on 43 percent shooting. He had his moments, though. He scored 10 points in his season debut, delayed four games by an injured shoulder, 11 points against Minnesota nine days later, and then, in his best game of the season, 17 in 20 ½ minutes in a blowout win over Milwaukee in which he hit all four 3-point shots.

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George Hill sat out that game with an injury. Hill returned the next game, which took minutes away from Robinson indirectly, and it became difficult to find opportunities for him after that. Coach Frank Vogel couldn't reasonably go beyond a 10-man playing rotation and Robinson was left behind Chase Budinger and, in some games, Solomon Hill.

Robinson got his best opportunity to earn a permanent spot in the rotation on the Pacers' four-game road trip in January, which took them to Denver, Phoenix, Golden State and Sacramento. He started each one and played a norm of 18.5 minutes per game, but averaged just 5.5 points on 29 percent shooting.

The roster's improved health and Solomon Hill's emergence made playing time more difficult to find for Robinson as the season progressed. He did finish the regular season with some flair, scoring 14 points at Milwaukee, but made just four brief appearances in the playoffs.

So now what? Robinson hasn't lost his intrigue. He remains an outstanding athlete, one who at 6-6 can play a couple of positions, and is a good defender. He's shown he can be a good shooter, is plenty smart enough and has a good attitude.

What's missing? The knock against Robinson has long been that he's not confident or assertive enough; that's why he was drafted in the second round rather than the first. It goes with his personality as a nice guy who doesn't make waves. He'll need to bring more juice in his future opportunities, but it's a chicken-and-egg equation. He'll need playing time to build his confidence, so which comes first?

Larry Bird's message to him last summer still applies.

"One thing he told me that I definitely learned last year is never let your confidence get too low," Robinson said then. "There's always going to be another opportunity."

There should be more opportunities for Robinson next season. He has a guaranteed contract for the first half of it. Free agent wing Solomon Hill might not be re-signed, and other roster moves could create more chances to fill playing time. He's still 22 and full of potential, a long way from having proved he doesn't belong in the league.

Next season will be crucial for him.


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