Glenn Robinson III expects to play Klay Thompson’s defensive specialist role for Warriors
It’s difficult to find a replacement for a player like Klay Thompson, but new Golden State Warriors swingman Glenn Robinson III believes he can at least fill the void Thompson left on the defensive end.
Thompson is expected to be sidelined for the most part, if not the whole 2019-20 season due to the ACL tear he sustained during the 2019 NBA Finals. The 29-year-old sharpshooter has already undergone surgery in his left knee and has been given a standard recovery timetable of five to seven months.
In his absence though, Robinson is ready to step up. While the former Michigan Wolverines standout isn’t the terrific marksman that Thompson is, he vowed to give it his all in guarding the opposing team’s best player — night in and night out.
“When I was with the Pacers, I guarded the best player on the court whenever they came on, and I look forward to doing that this year with a defender like Klay out,” Robinson said, per 95.7 The Game.
Robinson averaged 4.2 points and 1.5 rebound per game with the Detroit Pistons last season. However, he remains a serviceable 3-and-D wing, who once thrived as a backup to Paul George with the Indiana Pacers. He also posted a defensive rating of 99.1 in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign in Motor City.
The 25-year-old is expected to shore up the Warriors’ wing alongside Alfonzo McKinnie