Almost immediately after the end of the 2019 NBA Draft, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reported that Justin Robinson has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Washington Wizards with Robinson confirming the news.
Sources: Undrafted Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Washington Wizards, with substantial guarantee.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2019
Thank you to the @WashWizards for the opportunity 🙏🏽
— Justin Robinson (@5Alive_) June 21, 2019
What may be most notable about this deal is the fact that Robinson’s contract has a “substantial guarantee”. something that is hard to imagine an undrafted free agent receiving before summer league action. Given the length and reported substantial guarantee, it’s clear that the Washington Wizards had Robinson quite high on their board, but decided to take a chance and wait to see if he would go undrafted rather than spend money and future draft capital on getting a late second round pick.
For Robinson, this is clearly a better situation than being selected late in the second round given the fact that he received a multi-year deal with guarantees whereas some second round picks will not even receive a guarantee. Robinson could also have a great opportunity to play a lot as a rookie with the Wizards having lots of need at point guard due to the substantial injury recovery for John Wall along with backup Tomas Satoransky being a free agent.
Additionally, the best thing about this may be the fact that Robinson, a Manassas, VA native, will get to start his career in front of his hometown fans in the D.C. area while also playing in front of a fan base full of Virginia Tech fans. For a player and person like Robinson who has represented his hometown and Virginia Tech well throughout his career for teams that also include plenty of DC fans, he’ll immediately be one of the most popular players among Wizards fans.
Robinson’s success on the court at Virginia Tech is well-known as the Hokies’ all-time assist leader who earned All-ACC Second Team honors as a junior and would have earned All-ACC honors as a senior if not for the injury he suffered midway through conference play.
Overall, Robinson averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game for his career while averaging at least 13 points and 5 assists per game each of the past two seasons. Additionally, Robinson steadily improved his shooting with career highs in field goal shooting (47.3%), three-point shooting (41.8%), and free-throw shooting (81.1%) this past season.