Justin Robinson Shines in Summer League Debut

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomas1996 | Jul 07, 2019
With Zion Williamson out of Saturday night's Summer League game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards, the space was there for other players to step up. Unsurprisingly, Justin Robinson stepped up and showed why the Wizards were so willing to give him a guaranteed, multi-year contract immediately after the NBA Draft. https://twitter.com/WashWizards/status/1147853018244608001 Robinson was quite productive with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals on 5-9 shooting from the field and 2-4 shooting from three-point range in 24 minutes. That included a highlight reel offensive rebound and putback early on after following his own miss. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1147691951715692545 Robinson's performance also earned him some major plaudits from those who cover the Wizards or NBA as a whole on a regular basis. https://twitter.com/WallaceESPN/status/1147713403617710081 https://twitter.com/BenStandig/status/1147717575981359104 https://twitter.com/BulletsForever/status/1147702589401661440 https://twitter.com/JosephGillMA/status/1147689218593869824 That's a lot of praise for Robinson who showed throughout this game why he was one of the best undrafted players and absolutely has the skills to not only make an NBA roster but also be a contributor this season. Justin Robinson is in an interesting situation in Washington after the Wizards signed Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith, but with John Wall expected to be out for all of next season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Robinson carried as a third point guard for much of next season. Additionally, Robinson has a few veteran point guards he can learn a lot from on making the transitioning from the collegiate ranks to the NBA. However, don't be surprised if Robinson may spend some time in the G League to get some extra reps at time especially when they are at home given their proximity also being located in the D.C. area. Ahmed Hill also made his Summer League debut for the Brooklyn Nets recently against the Dallas Mavericks with Hill having 6 points and 1 rebound on 2-4 shooting (1-2 from 3) in 11 minutes. Hill definitely will have an uphill battle to make a Brooklyn Nets roster that has gotten a whole lot stronger this offseason, but this opportunity gives him a chance to impress not only the Nets but also other teams who could consider him as a two-way option if he doesn't stick in Brooklyn. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is yet to make his Summer League debut though with his trade officially being completed, it is possible that he plays later on in Summer League action.

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