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Thomas Robinson thinks he can overtake Anthony Davis, become No. 1 overall pick

May 23, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

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Coming off of a season in which he averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, Thomas Robinson has a reason to be confident. He is expected to be a Top 5 pick in June’s NBA draft. Another reason to be confident.

But here is where Robinson’s self confidence may have stretched a bit too far. In an interview with HOOPSWORLD, Robinson said he could overtake Kentucky forward Anthony Davis and be selected as the No. 1 overall pick.

“I think I’m very capable of being the number one pick,” Robinson told HOOPSWORLD. “No disrespect to Anthony Davis, he’s a great player. But at the same time, as a competitor, I do feel that I’m worthy of the number one pick.”

A modest and level-headed response, yes, but difficult to say with confidence that it could happen.

Despite Robinson’s stellar season, it is all but a lock that Davis will be taken with the first pick, with the greatest odds to the Charlotte Bobcats to grab him. Robinson, though, has his pitch to NBA teams.

“It’s just a confidence thing,” Robinson continued. “I feel like I’ve been a good shooter, I just needed the time and reps to get it up and now is the time to do it since I’m going to the next level. I just want to show people that I can step out and hit the shot too.”

Davis’ 14.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks would be tough to pass up, especially considering Davis might just now be beginning to unlock his potential.

According to DraftExpress, Robinson is projected to be selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. bozosforall - May 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Typical Kansas response. And as usual, falling short of the mark.

  2. texizz - May 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    There is a very thin line between being Confident and Arrogant! Mr. Robinson appears to be the latter!

    • mgphill - May 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      You clearly haven’t even watched the interview…yet you think you can make declarations based on what transpired in the interview…genius

  3. kingghidora - May 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Give the guy a break. He’s a competitor and it’s very seldom you’ll get a guy like that to admit someone else is better. That’s how they got near the top in the first place. Guys who think they don’t belong at the top usually don’t. I’m a dyed in the wool UK fan but I don’t see any problem with what Robinson said. I’m guessing you could find a lot of players who think the same thing whether they admit it or not.

  4. mgphill - May 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    TERRIBLE ARTICLE!!…sensationalistic journalism garbage. WATCH THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW.

    The reporter asks him straight up “Why couldn’t you be the number one pick?”….and of course, he says that he thinks he is worthy of the number one pick.

    …way to make a stand-up dude look like a douche bag…you’ve done your good deed for the day

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