After a strong three-year career at the University of Florida, 6’7 forward Devin Robinson will reportedly be starting his pro career within the Washington Wizards organization. That news came from Washington Post’s NBA insider Candace Buckner, who reported that Robinson signed a two-way with the Wizards after the organization’s Summer League game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. Robinson’s two-way deal is expected to last up to two years that will go through the 2018-19 season.
As a two-way player, Robinson is expected to spend his time in the NBA G League. As a G Leaguer, Robinson will make up to $75,000, which is a significant improvement over the $25,000 that the average player in the league is expected to make.
In addition to that, Robinson could earn an addition $200,000 if he spends up to 45 days with the Washington Wizards organization. After those 45 days, the Wizards will have an option of whether they could sign him to a standard NBA contract or just let him be a free agent.
By signing this deal, Robinson will join former University of Pittsburgh forward Michael Young as the two players that the Wizards will have signed under two-way deals. Both Young and Robinson will attend Wizards training camp during the fall, they’re both expected to be assigned to the G League when the NBA regular season is set begin.
While most NBA teams can just send those two-way players to their G League affiliate after training camp, the Wizards don’t have that luxury. That’s due to the Wizards currently being one of only four NBA organizations that don’t have a G League affiliate. Although they have announced that their G League affiliate will start up during the 2018-19 season, they’ll have to be creative until then.
Due to their current situation, the Wizards will have to utilize the “flexible assignment system” for both Young and Robinson. That basically means that the NBA G League will identify any squad willing to accept the assigned player(s). Following that, that NBA organization will choose the best destination for assignment between the teams that the G League picked out.
While this usually means that the NBA team’s assignment prospect would play for the G League squad that’s relatively close, it sometimes doesn’t work out that well. For example, Milwaukee Bucks prospect Rashad Vaughn had to travel more than 900 miles to spend some time with the Westchester Knicks. Another example was seen with former Trail Blazers guard Tim Quarterman who spent time in the G League last year with the Windy City Bulls and Long Island Nets, which are both located more than 2,000 miles away from Portland.
Thankfully, it looks like Young and Robinson won’t have that same fate. According to Buckner, it looks like both Robinson and Young will spend their rookie season with the Delaware 87ers, the official G League team of the Philadelphia 76ers. That situation means that the duo will play in a city in Newark, Delaware that’s only a two hour drive from the Wizards organization. Although it isn’t the finest situation, it’s certainly better than having those players spend their rookie seasons in Oshkosh, Wisconsin or Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
No matter where he plays, Robinson stands as a player that all basketball fans, whether you’re obsessed with the G League or not, should keep their eyes on. That’s due to him standing as an extremely athletic 6’8 forward that put up pretty solid numbers with the Florida Gators. During his last year with the team, Robinson averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game on 47% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc on three perimeter attempts in only 26 minutes per game.
That solid outside shooting was part of a steady progression as he shot 26% as a freshman and 34% as a sophomore. As a solid perimeter shooter, Robinson stands as a pretty versatile offensive weapon as he can drive to the paint and do work on the offensive glass (collected 1.7 offensive boards as a junior). Among those two skills, he’s probably best known for his ability as a driver simply because of how he’s just able to finish at the rim with reckless abandon.