Jerome Robinson is out to prove that the Washington Wizards made a smart move acquiring him via trade last season. Here are three goals for him next season!
Jerome Robinson is out to make a name for himself coming into his third NBA season and his first full season with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards acquired Robinson in a three-team deal on February 6. In the deal, Washington sent guard Isaiah Thomas to the LA Clippers and the draft rights to Issuf Sanon to the New York Knicks. New York received Moe Harkless, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 second-round pick, and a 2021 protected first-round pick swap from LA, while the Clippers took Marcus Morris from New York.
For the Wizards, this trade did not garner much media attention. Essentially, Washington just needed to unload Isaiah Thomas because he just never fit with the team. In 40 games with the Wizards, Thomas averaged 12.2 points and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 40.8 from the field and 41.3 percent from three. He only played 23 minutes per game in 37 starts, and while his per-game averages weren’t bad, Washington performed better as a team in the minutes he was off the floor. Wizards GM, Tommy Sheppard, was highly complimentary of Thomas but he had to pull the trigger on this deal. The opportunity to add a young, second-year player with untapped potential for an aging veteran was a no-brainer for Washington.
The Wizards had their eyes set on Jerome Robinson well before they pulled this trade off. Washington initially targeted him in the 2018 NBA draft but unfortunately, the Clippers snatched him up two picks before the Wizards were on the clock. Although it came via trade, Washington still found a way to get their guy without giving up valuable assets. Like most teams, Washington was intrigued by Robinson’s ability to score the basketball from every area on the court. Now, Jerome Robinson is out to prove that the Wizards made a smart decision adding him to the squad for the foreseeable future.