Think back to January of 2016: George Hill was out for personal reasons and Rodney Stuckey was sidelined with an ankle sprain, leaving Glenn Robinson III to sink or swim in the starting lineup for four games. Over that span of time, he averaged 5.5 points on 28.6 percent shooting, and the Pacers were outscored by 15.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. Put simply, he wasn’t ready.
“You’re a starter, you have a green light, you have to take advantage of those opportunities,” Robinson III told Pacers.com’s Mark Montieth prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. “I wouldn’t necessarily get up more shots, but I would look to be more aggressive, look to make more plays.”
“I was just trying to fit in, trying not to make mistakes, but you can’t play like that. I play my best basketball when I’m not thinking, just being in attack mode and going.”
Now, fast forward to November. When in the five games he was called upon to fill in for Paul George (sore left ankle) in the starting lineup, he along with Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, Thaddeus Young, and Myles Turner outscored opponents by 21.0 points per 100 possessions. Overall, he averaged 7.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting while chipping in 5.0 rebounds in his 27 games as a starter.
Sure, he spent the summer refining his shooting mechanics, studying defensive coverages, and watching film of Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and Kawhi Leonard, but it was his improved confidence which arguably made the biggest …
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