Glenn Robinson III wasn't supposed to be in Las Vegas as a member of the Atlanta Hawks Summer League squad.
Just hours before the Hawks were supposed to debut in Vegas, Robinson III was added to the roster and he arrived as the final piece of what is a 16-player puzzle. The former Michigan forward was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and after spending 25 games with the Wolves, he finished last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Now, he's looking to break in with the Hawks, and after a 13-point effort in his LVSL debut on Sunday, Robinson III is making a significant impression on Hawks coach Kenny Atkinson.
"I thought he gave us a spark. He’s obviously a very talented guy…. He showed he can handle and hit a three. He’s got NBA size for his position. That’s the intriguing thing about Glenn. We’re going to keep an eye on him. I’m glad we brought him in."
Robinson displayed some of the athletic burst that made him a highly intriguing prospect, including a 41.5-inch vertical leap that helped him to shoot up some draft boards. In fact, the Hawks were interested in Robinson throughout the draft process, and the 6-foot-7 wing alluded to that interest after Sunday's game, saying that Atlanta was a "team that really looked at (him)".
In terms of weaknesses, there is some question about Robinson's motor and shooting ability. The athletic upside is undeniable, as Atkinson referenced his size in addition his explosiveness, but Robinson converted only 31% of his threes at Michigan. When he is shooting the ball well (as he did on Sunday), Robinson looks every part of an NBA player, but if that jump shot betrays him, his defensive impact isn't nearly enough to sustain a legitimate profile of a rotation player.
Still, there is undoubtedly a reason that the Atlanta Hawks elected to bring him to Las Vegas at a late date, and the first public impression was a good one. There has been a great deal of buzz about the team's open roster spot with only 14 guaranteed contracts, but while there is no guarantee (or even likelihood) that the Hawks elect to use it, Glenn Robinson III would seem to be as likely as anyone to land with a training camp invite.