2017 has been a good year for Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers.
In his second season with the Indiana Pacers, Robinson III, 23, is having the time of his life out in Indy averaging 6.2 points. 3.6 rebounds and 21.2 minutes; all career highs for the former Michigan Wolverine.
He also is the NBA’s reigning slam dunk champion.
Last month in New Orleans, Robinson III wowed many in his final dunk at the Slam Dunk Competition. Edging out the Phoenix Suns’ Derrick Jones Jr. In Robinson III’s dunk, leaped over fellow Pacer, Paul George, a Pacer cheerleader and Pacer mascot, Boomer the Panther. While in flight, Robinson III grabbed the ball from George and finished with a two-hand, reverse jam.
Robinson got a perfect score and nabbed the Slam Dunk Title.
“The Dunk Contest has really led to more publicity and more people recognizing me,” Robinson told SLAM’s Abe Schwadron yesterday.
Robinson’s confidence has grown. Defensively he’s become a juggernaut and he’s hitting big shots.Earlier this month, he knocked down a game-winning basket with 0.6 remaining against the Atlanta Hawks. The game-winner, the first of his career, was impressive because Robinson, didn’t hesitate and some questioned his ability to play in the NBA.
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He was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014, his rookie season. The Philadelphia 76ers, acquired him off waivers, but he wasn’t a solid fit. From there he found his way to the NBA’s Summer League, suiting up for the Indiana Pacers. He signed with them and from there has found a role with the team as a solid reserve.
In a throwback interview on today’s episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, we revisited a pre-draft conversation with Glenn Robinson III. The Irony of Robinson III hitting that big shot against the Atlanta Hawks is that they were one of the teams interested in him back in 2014 along with the Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets.
The impressive part of Glenn Robinson III’s journey is his ability to carve out his niche as a second generation NBA player. He has the same name of his father, retired NBA vet, Glenn Robinson, one of the best pure small forwards to play.
In our interview on Scoop B Radio, Robinson III chatted about carrying on the family name. “You know, I’ve really gotten used to it,” Glenn Robinson III told me.
“When I was younger, I really didn’t understand why people are comparing me and why everything I did had to be compared to him. But growing up, I realized that – that’s my name. I can’t change it and I love it and having someone there who can give me that type of advice; and he’s been through that whole process and where I’m trying to go – he’s been through, he’s definitely motivated me. So, I don’t look at it as a negative thing. I always look at it as a positive thing, I’m following my own footsteps, I’m making my own footsteps, I’m not really following his. You know, I think I’m really starting to know that for myself and creating my own name. A lot of people call me GR3, it’s kind of breaking off from the whole “Glenn Robinson” … of course people are going to associate me and my dad but I think I’m really doing the job of still being myself.”
Despite Paul George trade rumors the 35-33 Indiana Pacers, a 6th seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference have been exciting to watch. With a nucleus of Jeff Teague, George, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner, Monta Ellis and Robinson III, they could be something special!