Robinson's emergence in Washington would stunt the apparent growth of Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- As the NBA offseason approaches and so does the draft, what are the five worst words you'll hear as a Wizards fan?
"Take the best player available."
If the Wizards pick number two overall, many will argue that Kansas forward Thomas Robinson will be the most talented player on the board. At 6-foot-8, Robinson is a strapping psychical specimen, incredibly athletic, can get to the free throw line, is an intimidating rebounder and he's developed a quality mid-range game.
Robinson's character is off the charts too. The way the college kid handled the deaths of both his grandparents and mother -- all within a few weeks of each other -- and then subsequently took care of his nine-year-old sister is one of the more commendable stories college athletics has seen in quite awhile.
And to top things off, he's a local boy. Robinson calls Washington D.C. home and starred for Riverdale Baptist his junior year of high school.
So what's the problem? Why would the Wizards be setting themselves back if they drafted such a touted prospect like Robinson?
If you watch the team intently, you should already know the answer. Washington is completely set at the power forward position. There really is no debating that the two most improved players on the roster are 24-year-old Trevor Booker and 22-year-old Kevin Seraphin.
No, both will never be superstars, make an all-star team, nor will they ever be the best player the Wizards have to offer. But because they have each shown marked improvements with and without the ball, the pair shouldn't have their minutes cut in half by adding Robinson to the mix.
During April, Seraphin is averaging 16.2 point, 7.7 rebounds and 52.5 percent from the floor. Granted this is mostly while Nene and Booker have been sideline, but at least the Frenchman has excelled when given the chance.
We all know why Trevor Booker has become a fan favorite. His determination to not be outplayed -- as well as playing through pain -- will become a lasting memory from the 2011-2012 season.
And let's not forget about Jan Vesely, who mostly plays the four position. Despite the fact that most of us are already labeling him a bust, Vesely can excel off the bench and in fast break situations.
This offseason the Wizards must figure out ways to make John Wall better. Adding capable outside shooters and guards who can score away from the basket should be Washington's top priority -- hint, hint, Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal. Selecting Robinson will essentially be like punting on third down, meaning the Wizards would be quitting on two of their brightest assets.
I think Thomas Robinson will be a very good pro. He will flourish in a situation where he's able to dominate the ball. Let's just hope it's not in Washington.