The Boston Celtic worked out a young rebounder in Thomas Robinson
The Boston Celtics opened up a roster spot after the blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving, and even if Isaiah Thomas‘ physical is making us wait far too long for it to become official, the Celtics are wasting no time in exploring options for that spot.
Amogst a few names, it was reported that Thomas Robinson has worked out for the Celtics (Via CelticsBlog). Robinson is yet to carve out any significant role in his short time in the NBA, but he brings one big thing that the Celtics need a lot of, rebounding.
If signed, he will not be considered for the starting lineup, and may not have even much of a role off the bench. Getting that role, however, would be quite simple: maintain his rebounding effectiveness in a larger sample size.
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Robinson has never broken the 20 minutes per game plateau and has started just 16 games in his career. In those limited minutes he has been a dominant rebounder.
His rebounding percentages blows away anyone on the Celtics from last year, and per 36 minutes, he has never been under 10 rebounds.
In fact, per 36 minutes, he has averaged over 14 rebounds for three straight seasons. Robinson will never get 36 minutes in a game for the Celtics, but if he brings that rebounding edge the Celtics could consider signing him with intentions of getting him at least 15 minutes per game.
Robinson is one of many options to fill out the rest of the roster, but if pure rebounding is what they want he should be the top option. He could bring some stability and more traditional size to a second unit whose front court is filled with undersized and versatile young bigs.
Robinson is also just 25 years old. He would have time to grow with the Celtics, and maybe Stevens could turn him into a bit more than just a rebounder.
He would never be a shooter, but if the Celtics believe that Robinson can contribute on offense, then his rebounding could easily lead to both a roster spot, and a spot in the rotation.