Justin Robinson was an undrafted free agent rookie, signing with the Washington Wizards minutes after the conclusion of the 2019 NBA Draft. Robinson, a 6’2″ point guard, joins the team after a four year career at Virginia Tech that saw him set the school’s all-time assists record, be named 2nd team All-ACC in the 2017-18 season, and selected as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (given to the nation’s top point guard) during the 2018-19 season. He also led the 2018-19 Hokie Basketball team to one of its highest ever regular season AP rankings (9), final AP ranking (16) and NCAA Tournament Seeding (4). Robinson’s best season, statistically, came his senior year when he posted career bests in field goal (47%), three-point (41%), and free throw (81%) percentage.
Unfortunately, during that same season, he missed 12 games due to a left foot injury in the middle of the season. Justin Robinson joining this Washington team will bring another hardworking, tough minded, competitor on both ends of the floor. His natural feel for the game of basketball and the point guard positions will offensively help the spacing and achieve the desired pace of the game, while also adding consistency shooting the basketball. Defensively, he displayed great on and off ball awareness, using his anticipation and quick hands to disrupt plays, thus being considered one of the best on-ball defenders in the ACC. Robinson’s weaknesses coming out of college are his measurables.
At 6’2”, he is considered around average height for point guards, but his slightly smaller wingspan may make it difficult to get his jump shot off over defenders. In addition, there are concerns about his athleticism, explosiveness, and burst, which could provide difficulties covering more athletic and quicker players, and finishing and scoring over other of the league guards.
Robinson could get minutes early this season in a back-up role due to injuries to Wall and Thomas, but is unlikely to get consistent minutes this season based on the depth of the point guard position (Smith, Thomas, Beal at times). Expect Justin Robinson get a deep look this preseason and potentially be a part of the Wizards future youth movement, as he fits in perfectly with Tommy Sheppard new mind-set of bringing in coachable, hardworking, high character individuals with collegiate experience.