Duncan Robinson: The NBA’s Most Improbable Player


Duncan Robinson has earned himself the right to be called the NBA’s most improbable player.

An absolute sniper of a shooter from deep, Robinson started his career off at a small Division III college before being invited to join John Beilein’s Michigan team. He then went undrafted, where Pat Riley and the Miami Heat quickly scooped him up.

Duncan Robinson- College Career

Robinson’s college career was full of wild ups and downs. He spent his freshman year playing basketball at Williams College, a Division III team. As the lone freshman starter on the team, Robinson led Williams all the way to the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division III championship game. During the summer, many colleges were interested in Robinson, but he ended up transferring to Michigan. His three years with the Wolverines were somewhat up and down. He started his sophomore year, only to spend most of his junior year on the bench. Robinson started again at the beginning of his senior year, only to get benched later in the season. Over those three years, Robinson averaged 9.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.5% from the field, and 41.9% from three-point territory.

Duncan Robinson’s Unlikely Path to the NBA

Despite how good of a 3-point shooter Robinson was, he went undrafted during the 2018 NBA draft. He did, however, sign a Summer League contract with the Heat. Following a strong performance, the Heat then signed Robinson to a two-way contract. During the 2018-2019 season, Robinson played 33 games with the G-League Sioux Falls Skyforce. During that G-League stint, Robinson averaged 21.4 points , while shooting a blistering 48% from long distance.

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