Glenn Robinson III made his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. His play wasn’t the determining factor in the 118-111 victory over the Bulls, but it certainly didn’t hurt.
The 76ers acquired Robinson, as well as Alec Burks, from the Warriors at this season’s trade deadline for three second-round draft picks. Burks did not play in Sunday’s game, but Robinson had a fairly nice outing, all things considered.
Furkan Korkmaz led the Sixers in Sunday’s win, scoring 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field (6-of-11 from beyond the arc) in 32 minutes. Joel Embiid finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Robinson remained relatively quiet until the fourth quarter, when he scored six of his 10 points.
For Robinson, Sunday’s game wasn’t necessarily a “debut,” as he has played for the Sixers in the past. The former Michigan Wolverine was a member of the team during his rookie season in the NBA (2014-15).
During Sunday night’s media availability, Robinson noted that there wasn’t much of a pregame message from head coach Brett Brown, as he was already familiar with some of the team’s schematics:
“We talked before I got here, but we really didn’t get too much time,” Robinson explained, via sixerswire. “I’ll catch up with him tomorrow at practice, but really playing hard and don’t worry about the plays or little things. Just go out there and play hard and try to bring some energy.”
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Coach Brown was pleased with the way Robinson performed in his debut, nothing his ability to penetrate and find a way to score at the rim:
“He’s got a bounce,” Brown said of Robinson III. “I coached Glenn my second year in Philadelphia for a minute, but we had a taste of him and he was good people and I’ve seen his growth continue, making shots, guarding the other team’s best players. To see him come in here and score and play and have a feel of where to slash, he had a lot of smart slashes where we got stuck a bit with dribble penetration and he bailed us out finding open space at the rim.
“I’m excited to have him in the program and we know that he’s good people.”
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As Brown stated, Robinson has the ability to penetrate, which opens up the floor for other players when opposing defenses collapse. If Robinson is on, guys like Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could find themselves open. However, Robinson will be competing for minutes.
Ultimately, Robinson should be a fine addition for the Sixers, who are currently holding a 33-21 overall record and aiming for a spot in the postseason. The 26-year-old wing man made 48 appearances with the Warriors before making his debut with the Sixers on Sunday night, averaging 12.9 points to go with a 40 percent mark from downtown. Let’s see what sort of an impact he can have as this season plays on.
The Sixers will be back in action on Tuesday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers.