Washington Wizards: 3 Goals for Jerome Robinson next season

Washington Wizards Jerome Robinson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Washington Wizards Jerome Robinson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /
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Washington Wizards Jerome Robinson
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Goal #3: Score, score, and score some more!

When the Wizards acquired Robinson, General Manager Tommy Sheppard made it very clear why they brought him in. Sheppard said, “Jerome was a lottery pick for a reason… He is in need of an opportunity to prove himself and we are in the position to provide him with that.” During his tenure with the Clippers, Robinson played less than 12 minutes a night due to their deep, veteran-filled roster. In Washington, he’s in a more favorable circumstance because the Wizards are in a position to let their young players develop. He can come in and immediately carve out a role for himself.

Jerome Robinson is a much better player when he’s aggressive and in attack mode. If he wants to make an impact on this Wizards team, then he has to bring the same scoring mentality he had at Boston College.

At the collegiate level, Robinson was first in the ACC in total points scored with 725 and was named All-ACC First Team as a junior. That year, he averaged 20.7 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. It’s not realistic for him to average 14.7 shot attempts as he did in college if he’s coming off the bench for the Wizards. But Robinson can’t be afraid to let it fly with the minutes he’s given. He’s a rhythm player and if he heats up, it can be a long night for the opposing team.

During the Wizards’ time in the bubble at Orlando, Jerome Robinson took full advantage of the extra freedom on offense. Bradley Beal could not make the trip with the team due to a shoulder injury, so that meant more shot opportunities for Robinson. In 13 games with Washington, before the season was suspended, Robinson averaged 6.1 points on six shot attempts per game. When the Wizards returned to play in the bubble at the end of July, Robinson nearly doubled his shot attempts and averaged 11.7 shots over the team’s final eight games. More shots led to more points. Robinson averaged 14.8 points per game in the bubble.

It was a small sample size of only eight games, but he showed how effective he can be with more touches and was much more impressive than he was in his first 13 games with the Wizards.