Will guard-for-hire Justin Robinson stick with the Detroit Pistons?

Justin Robinson #34 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Justin Robinson #34 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Justin Robinson, currently of the Detroit Pistons, must have to look at his jersey to remember which city he is in.

The 24-year-old point guard has become a COVID mercenary this season, getting opportunities with several teams that were shorthanded because of protocols.

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His tour of the league started in 2019, when he signed with his hometown Wizards after going undrafted. He was eventually waived and since has bounced around.

  • Delaware Blue Coats
  • Philadelphia 76ers (for one day)
  • Back to the Blue Coats
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (two 10-day contacts)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (2-way contract)
  • Sacramento Kings (10-day contract)
  • Detroit Pistons (10-day contract)

Robinson is certainly getting use out of his suitcases, but will the point-guard-for-hire stick with the Detroit Pistons once his 10-day contract is up?

What does Justin Robinson bring to the Detroit Pistons?

The short answer is no. Cory Joseph will be returning from protocols soon, and when he does, Justin Robinson’s tenure with the Detroit Pistons will likely come to an end.

But he has shown some things in his short time with Detroit and does offer some skills that they need, namely 3-point shooting.

Robinson has shot 35 percent from long range in his four games on five attempts per game, which makes him look like Stephen Curry on a team that struggles to shoot from behind the arc.

He hit 38.5 percent in his four-year career at Virginia Tech, including just under 42 percent in his senior year, so this is a guy who can shoot the ball.

I’ve enjoyed watching the effort of the G-League guys as well as these “hardship” players the Detroit Pistons have signed, and I do think they’ve given the Pistons a spark, though it wasn’t evident in last night’s drubbing by the Hornets.

Robinson is one of those undersized, long shot underdogs that fans love to cheer for, so I hope he catches on somewhere, maybe even with the Motor City Cruise at some point.

But for now he’ll probably have to pack his bags again, as veteran Cory Joseph has cleared protocols and is likely to return soon.

Robinson has shown he can be a competent backup and it will be interesting to see where he ends up next.

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