Those who are familiar with basketball and well acquainted with the National Basketball Association (NBA) would know Thomas Robinson. And if any of such people describe him as a journeyman, they might not be so wrong. At a time, he did actually move through six teams in five seasons.
Thomas Robinson is a professional basketball player who had previously played in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers amongst others. On the court, he takes up the power forward position and he last played for BC Khimki of the VTB United League.
Who Is Thomas Robinson of NBA?
Thomas Robinson was born on March 17, 1991, in Washington, D.C and was raised mostly by his mother, Lisa Robinson. He attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and there he was part of the school basketball team. In his senior year leading up to college, Robinson averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game. He was rated as a good prospect by scouts and he ended up playing for Kansas.
In his freshman year at Kansas, he started just one of 33 games he played in. He averaged 2.5 points, .3 assist and 2.7 rebounds per game. In his sophomore year, he had another 33 game season as far as appearances go and he started in two games. Thomas averaged 7.6 points, 0.6 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game. Before the start of his third year at Kansas, Robinson was shortlisted on the list for the John R. Wooden Award.
Robinson was the first Kansas player since Wayne Hightower in 1961 to record a 30/20 performance when on December 31, 2011, he scored 30 points and 21 rebounds in a game against the University of North Dakota. At the end of his third season, he averaged 17.7 points, 1.8 assists and 11.9 rebounds per game. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year for 2012.
Robinson decided to enter the 2012 NBA Draft forging his senior season and he was drafted the fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings. While with Sacramento Kings, he never started a game but appeared in 51 games with an average of 4.8 points, 0.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. In early 2013, he was traded to the Houston Rockets where he played 19 games starting none and averaging 4.5 points, 0.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Again, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers where he recorded 14 points along with a career-high 18 rebounds in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged in 70 games, 4.8 points, 0.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. In his second season with the Portland Trail Blazers, he was on the bench a lot starting 4 games and playing 22 games in total.
In 2015, Thomas Robinson was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and on his debut for the 76ers, he scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. He got traded yet again to the Brooklyn Nets. His season best with the Nets was 18 points in a loss against Orlando Magic. He started 7 games but featured in 71 games with 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Robinson then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in September of 2016. He started a single game but played in 48 others. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
In 2017, Robinson decided to try his hands abroad and signed with Russian side, Khimki. In the EuroLeague with Khimki, he started one of 20 games and averaged 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Upon his return to the NBA, he was signed up by the Atlanta Hawks in August of 2018 but was waived by the Hawks in October of the same year.
Net Worth, Salary
Thomas Robinson has had his fair share of contract signings down the years and it has made for a good net worth which stands at about $2 million. Robinson has not had much luck in his career, as his average performance sees him frequently jump teams and unable to see through his contract agreements. He earned over $980,000 in 2015. He was projected to earn $1.7 million after the Hawks signed himbut thee contract was truncated as he was waived on October 13, 2018.
Thomas Robinson briefly dated Instagram model and nurse Kai Cyre. In 2017, around the same time when word got out that Robinson was moving to Russia, news filtered through that Kai had deleted photos of Robinson off her Instagram account and that the couple had split. Though neither party confirmed the rumors they have never been spotted together since then.
Their relationship produced a daughter named Rain which they co-parent. Kai Cyre who was born on March 30, 1992, gained much fame in 2015 when several publications referred to her as the world’s sexiest nurse. She is close friends with Kevin Hart‘s wife Eniko Parrish.
Height and Other Facts
- Thomas Robinson stands at a height of 6 foot 10 inches with his shoes on and 6 feet 8 inches without his shoes.
- During the NFL Combine, he had a 5% body fat. He weighs in at 237 pounds.
- His wing span measures 7 feet 3 inches.
- His full name is Thomas Earl Robinson.