The L.A. Clippers are sending Jerome Robinson to the G League and Doc Rivers explains his decision as a product of the depth he has at his fingertips. The Clippers second unit is stacked with solid players and the backcourt is filled with legitimate talent. Unfortunately, that means Robinson will have to spend time in the G League to get reps.

“They just have so many guys in front of them right now,” he said to Andrew Grief of the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t ever want a player who doesn’t want to play, so I think their way of going about it is the professional way. They’re working, they do extra work, they play a lot of three-on-three stuff. I’ve been very happy with their progress and how they’re preparing.”

Right now, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Milos Teodosic, Avery Bradley, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are all ahead of Robinson on the depth chart. This doesn’t mean that Robinson’s future looks bleak, it just means that he’s not quite ready to crack such an experienced backcourt rotation.

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Robinson’s time will come, but his situation underscores the importance of creating a viable and competitive G League. Young players need a place to develop and it’s the perfect way for teams to get guys like Robinson reps without benching veterans who have earned the playing time.

Some Clippers may be upset that their pick at 13th in the draft is relegated to the G League, but it’s best to exercise patience with Robinson. There’s no need to rush him into action before he’s earned it. His time will come.