3 things to know about new Thunder guard Justin Robinson

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Logan Newman
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The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Justin Robinson to a 10-day contract on Monday and threw him into action immediately. The 6-foot-1 guard played 24 minutes against the Detroit Pistons and scored nine points.

That is already a career-high. After playing for Virginia Tech for four years, he was not drafted to the NBA but later signed a contract with the Washington Wizards. He has spent the majority of the last two seasons in the G League.

In Oklahoma City, Robinson will work to prove he deserves a spot in the league.

Here are some pieces of background about the new Thunder guard.

Three-star recruit

Unlike many in the NBA, Robinson was not a five-star prospect in high school. He was a three-star recruit who broke out as a senior, averaging 21.8 points, 7.7 assist, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He received a handful end-of-year accolades, the most notable of which was being named the Gatorade Maryland Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Basketball wasn't his only sport. Robinson played baseball at St. James High School, the school he attended as a junior and senior.

All-time assists leader

Robinson entered the Virginia Tech history books over his four-year career with the Hokies. He set a school-record 562 assists and helped lead the team to a Sweet 16 berth against Duke in 2019. Over his four seasons at Virginia Tech, Robinson started 105 of the 125 games. He averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 assists while shooting 48.7% from the field and 38.5% from 3. From 2015-19, Robinson's four years with the program, Virginia Tech went 89-47 and reached the NCAA Tournament three years in a row, the only time in the organization's history it has had that streak.

Pro career

Robinson went undrafted in 2019 but signed with the Washington Wizards. He appeared in nine NBA games as a rookie -- two of which he only appeared for 30 seconds and another two for less than three minutes -- and tallied 13 points and seven assists over 49 total minutes of play. He was waived in January 2020 and signed by the Philadelphia 76ers in December 2020 but waived one day later. The vast majority of his pro experience has come in the G League. Between the Capital City Go-Go and Delaware Blue Coats last season, Robinson averaged 14.2 points, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He served as a key part of the Blue Coats' run to the bubble championship appearance this season, as he averaged 15.5 points, 5.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40.5% from 3.

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