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NBA Draft Grades: Kings, Thomas Robinson Earn Approval From Scouting Gurus

Just about every mock draft released prior to the start of the 2012 NBA Draft had Thomas Robinson being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 2 overall pick. The Bobcats decided to go with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist instead, freeing up Robinson to drop down to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5.

Just about everyone was happy with the no-brainer decision to draft Robinson, including many of the experts around the industry. Chad Ford of ESPN really liked the pick for the Kings, and had this to say about it.

Analysis: The Kings were patient and it paid off. After Davis, Robinson was the second guy on their board, and through some serious luck, they landed him at No. 5. I think he's a great fit in Sacramento alongside DeMarcus Cousins. Between the two, they should dominate both on the defensive and offensive glass. Pairing him with Cousins also takes pressure off him to produce right away on offense. While I know Robinson would've preferred to be the face of the franchise in Charlotte, developmentally, the Kings are a better fit.

Grade: A

For more on the Kings and full reaction from their draft night, check out Sactown Royalty.