Questions Remain in Houston
The trade that sent Patrick Patterson to Sacramento and landed Thomas Robinson in Houston yesterday was certainly a case of the Rockets trying to land a high lottery player without losing the requisite number of games generally necessary to land that player.
Robinson was the fifth pick in last summer’s NBA draft, though he has not shown much to justify such a high pick to this point. One source close to the situation in Houston was shocked when the deal was announced, openly questioning how a player who could not carve out a spot in Keith Smart’s player-friendly rotation was going to produce even as well as Patterson was for the Rockets. It’s safe to say that Robinson has a lot to prove. That said, the Rockets felt that Patterson had grown as much as he was going to grow as a player and they needed to accept that he was not going to be a star for them and start looking for someone with the potential to be one. Despite his lack of success to this point, Robinson does seem to have that potential. It also remains to be seen what subsequent move the Rockets might make to make more sense of this one.
— Bill Ingram