The Indiana Pacers are expected to be without Glenn Robinson III until mid-December after he had surgery on his left ankle, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Robinson III was initially expected to miss two months, but that timetable has been extended by potentially two-to-four weeks, as Wojnarowski reported.
“Robinson III had missed most of training camp and the preseason with a high ankle sprain, and the necessity now for a surgical procedure will extend his original two-month timetable on a return for an additional two to four weeks, league sources said.”
It’s unfortunate timing for Glenn because this season he is facing the best opportunity he has ever had in his NBA career with the departure of Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even if he doesn’t end up becoming the team’s starting small forward, he will likely see substantial playing time coming off the bench.
Robinson III is coming off of a season where he posted career-high statistical averages across the board. For reference, he had an output of 20.7 minutes, 6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 0.5 turnovers. While those numbers aren’t spectacular, the 23-year-old showed many signs of his high potential as a player.
Also, last season he posted career-best scoring efficiency in his base averages too with a 46.7% field goal percentage, 39.2% 3-point percentage, 51.2% 2-point percentage, and a 71.1% free throw percentage. It goes to show that he handled his role increase very well considering how he became a more impactful player in both volume and efficiency.
I had the opportunity to interview with Glenn Robinson III and his trainer Joey Burton back in early August. We talked about his progression as a player over the upcoming, the position battle for the starting small forward spot, learning from Paul George, his plans for the dunk contest, and the new Pacers uniforms among other things.
I also did an in-depth breakdown of the competition between Bojan Bogdanovic and Glenn for the starting small forward spot. While his pursuit of a starting role has been temporarily placed on hold, it still provides insight on how the two stack up with each other.