With Zion Williamson out of Saturday night’s Summer League game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards, the space was there for other players to step up. Unsurprisingly, Justin Robinson stepped up and showed why the Wizards were so willing to give him a guaranteed, multi-year contract immediately after the NBA Draft.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 7, 2019
Robinson was quite productive with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals on 5-9 shooting from the field and 2-4 shooting from three-point range in 24 minutes. That included a highlight reel offensive rebound and putback early on after following his own miss.
— NBA (@NBA) July 7, 2019
Robinson’s performance also earned him some major plaudits from those who cover the Wizards or NBA as a whole on a regular basis.
Justin Robinson getting some major props for his half-court orchestral skills for the Wiz in this Summer League game vs. the Pels #Hokies
— Andrew Wallace (@WallaceESPN) July 7, 2019
Wizards win 84-79.
Troy Brown 18 and 15. Big 3-point play late. Tone-setter.
Some nice athletic plays from Rui Hachimura. Finished late at the rim with off-hand.
Liked what I saw of floor leader and pocket passer Justin Robinson. pic.twitter.com/JB09mi4HHG
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) July 7, 2019
2nd half underway. Rui just got his 2nd basket!
That said, Bigby-Williams has looked realy good among the rookies.
And Justin Robinson has also held the fort real well.
— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) July 7, 2019
Justin Robinson doing Justin Robinson things early for the Wizards. Rare to see a smaller guard get an and-one stickback on an O-board, but that wasn’t particularly surprising to me.
Guy just knows how to play.
— Joseph Gill (@JosephGillMA) July 7, 2019
That’s a lot of praise for Robinson who showed throughout this game why he was one of the best undrafted players and absolutely has the skills to not only make an NBA roster but also be a contributor this season.
Justin Robinson is in an interesting situation in Washington after the Wizards signed Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith, but with John Wall expected to be out for all of next season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Robinson carried as a third point guard for much of next season. Additionally, Robinson has a few veteran point guards he can learn a lot from on making the transitioning from the collegiate ranks to the NBA.
However, don’t be surprised if Robinson may spend some time in the G League to get some extra reps at time especially when they are at home given their proximity also being located in the D.C. area.
Ahmed Hill also made his Summer League debut for the Brooklyn Nets recently against the Dallas Mavericks with Hill having 6 points and 1 rebound on 2-4 shooting (1-2 from 3) in 11 minutes. Hill definitely will have an uphill battle to make a Brooklyn Nets roster that has gotten a whole lot stronger this offseason, but this opportunity gives him a chance to impress not only the Nets but also other teams who could consider him as a two-way option if he doesn’t stick in Brooklyn. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is yet to make his Summer League debut though with his trade officially being completed, it is possible that he plays later on in Summer League action.