Glenn Robinson III — Forward, University of Michigan
26 years old, 6’6, 222 lbs
DRAFT: 2nd rd 10th pick (40th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014
NBA EXPERIENCE: 6 years with 5 teams (25 games with Minnesota, 24 games with the Philadelphia 76ers on 2 stints, 3 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, 1 season with the Detroit Pistons, 48 games with Golden State Warriors)
CAREER STATS: 281 games (17.5 minutes per game), 6 points per game, 2.6 rebounds, 45.9% FG %, 37.3 % three point %, 76.8% free throw %, 11.6 PER, .074 win shares per 48
Glenn Robinson III was the beneficiary of a depleted Golden State Warriors roster this season, collecting 48 starts in 48 games before being shipped to Philly at the trade deadline. The old mantra, “opportunity breeds success” holds true for GR3’s brief stint in San Francisco.
He scored 12.9 points and 4.7 rebounds on 40% shooting from deep at 3.5 attempts. During his three season stint in Indiana, Robinson was a + in the defensive box +/- all three years. At 26 years old, he is no longer considered a “project”, but at the right price GR3 could be a great bench wing piece that could play above his contract value with a little development from Jenkins and his staff.
Numbers that make Robinson III
120.5- According to Cleaning the Glass, Robinson III was in the 84% percentile among small forwards after the trade deadline with 120.5 points per 100 shot attempts. Robinson is above average in efficiency and rarely turns the ball over, meaning he will not hurt your team on offense playing outside himself.
42- GR3 has shot 42% from the corner three, an area of the floor the Grizzlies need to further exploit going forward. He shot the corner three on 45% of his 3 point attempts. Those numbers are better than guys like Trevor Ariza, OG Anunoby, and TJ Warren. They are comparable to famous role players like Bruce Bowen (42%) and Shane Battier (42%).
25- 25 points is his career high scoring in game, reached both with Golden State and Philly this past season. As he gets more experience and opportunity, Robinson’s game has grown with it as he also added a career best 7 assists for the Warriors as well.
Numbers that break Robinson III
2.6- For a 6’6 wing that spends time at the 3 and 4, 2.6 rebounds per game for his career is an underwhelming number. Rebounding is an area the Grizzlies will look to improve this season as well as shooting, so if they can find a player that can do both, Robinson might be passed over.
1.4- 1.4% steal percentage by Glenn Robinson III on the defensive end. His lack of rebounding and low steal number suggests he might not play with the same kind of fire and energy Grizz nation typically provides.
Pulse of Grizz Nation
Grizz Nation was pretty split on whether or not to bring in Robinson III. He is certainly an under the radar type name that you should go watch some tape on, but it would all still depend on the contract and Melton’s status with the team.
Glenn Robinson III has earned a grand total of 8 million dollars in his six year NBA career. If he were to get that much yearly by any team, it would be quite the overpay. A comfortable offer would lie between 2 years 8 million or 3 years 12 million, averaging an easy 4 million, which he could outperform in each year of his deal.
Final Offer: (stolen from Joe Mullinax) 3 years $12 million, roughly front loaded (5,4,3). Four million is the top end for a deal, or Memphis should look elsewhere.