SAN ANTONIO -- Kansas is loaded, so loaded that its best NBA prospect doesn't even start. Or play half the game.
This is just my opinion, and nobody ever accused me of being an NBA scout -- pretty sure I advocated for Greg Oden ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA draft -- but the player on the Kansas roster whose body, athleticism and skills scream NBA the loudest is Thomas Robinson.
The guy who plays 14.9 minutes per game.
For most schools Robinson would play double that, easily. He averages 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds -- remarkable production in such limited time -- and he had 12 points and 14 rebounds Friday against Richmond.
But Robinson comes off the bench because that's how loaded Kansas is, loaded especially with Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, who are two of the best big men in the country. They average a combined 30.7 points and 15.6 rebounds, they shoot with more range than Robinson and they handle the ball better, but they can't explode to the rim -- and keep going, well above it -- like Robinson. And that's what the NBA wants in a power forward. It wants the skill of the Morris twins, yes, but with transition buckets and defense at such a premium, the NBA wants a physical beast like Robinson even more.
Just my opinion, and I'm not trying to hurry Robinson out of school. He's only a sophomore, and he barely played last season and doesn't play all that much this season. For him to have the best possible NBA career -- and for him to earn the most possible millions over the course of that career -- he ought to return to school for at least one more season and develop his ball skills. Right now Robinson can dunk and block shots, but he's a 51-percent shooter from the foul line and he has never made a 3-point shot in college. Never even tried one.
If he comes back to school and adds that to his game, he's a lottery pick some day. My opinion. Don't try this at home.