Pick 5: Right after Cleveland picks Voshon Lenard at four, Sacramento picks Kris Humphries at five. Kris Humphries in this instance is Thomas Robinson of Kansas, and the Kings are extremely pleased about it. Not only do they get the opportunity to bag the draft's second best big man when they didn't think they would have the opportunity to do so, but they also had the awkward should-we-take-Dion-Waiters decision taken out of their hands. Because they really would have gone there. You know it. (And I base that on absolutely nothing.)
Sacramento is thrilled with the pick, as well they should be. They get the second best big in the draft when they really shouldn't have been able to, and also now have an excuse to not pay Jason Thompson, which should please ownership. Robinson should be a double double guy in the Humphries mould for many years, and if a Humphries comparison is interpreted as a pejorative, it really shouldn't be, as Kris Humphries can play. Robinson should also surpass Humphries as a player, as he is better on both ends of the court. There's no reason why, with a clean bill of health, Robinson couldn't put up 14/10 indefinitely. Or maybe more. He has the physical tools, the skill, and the motor to do so. And between him and DeMarcus Cousins, they won't miss a rebound all year.
Upon being drafted, Robinson cries, and is lauded for his high character. Robinson raises his younger sister as though he were her father because he lost much of his family within a three week span last year - it is, by all accounts, completely true to say he is a high character guy. Yet everyone thus far - apart from perhaps Waiters, who nonetheless received praise for maturing somewhat - has been lauded for this reason. Whose decision is it to place such an emphasis on that this year? Was it ESPN, an NBA directive, or merely the panel's own imperative? Whichever it is, it is overused to the point of being strained. Surely we should already be assuming that people are nice until we learn otherwise.
What we do get instead is our first pre-teen interview of the night, as Heather Cox draws the tough assignment of interviewing Robinson's young sister. Understandably crippled with fear, the sister manages few words, the awkward silences harkening back to the Stu Scott era. The talk in NBA circles is always about "putting people in a position where they can succeed," and neither Heather nor the sister were put in such a position. Nevertheless, Heather succeeded.
About this time, Jonathan Givony tweets that a backstage Thomas Robinson "looks PISSED." Maybe they weren't happy tears after all.