The Miami Heat’s second-year forward Duncan Robinson had himself a night on Tuesday that he soon won’t forget.
Robinson tied a franchise record with 10 three-pointers in the Heat’s 135-121 win over the Atlanta Hawks in overtime.
The Hawks could not slow down the sharp-shooting guard, as Robinson scored 34 points and went 10-of-14 from long distance.
The Heat were cooking from the field on Tuesday night, hitting 51 percent of their shots (53-of-104).
In addition to Robinson’s red-hot performance, the Heat were led by career-best performances from rookie guard Kendrick Nunn who scored 36 points, and third-year center Bam Adebayo who put up a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Undrafted Duncan Robinson’s Unique Journey to the NBA
To say Duncan Robinson’s journey to the NBA has been unconventional would be an understatement.
Robinson grew up in New Castle, New Hampshire – a small town with a population of 979 people. He then went on to begin his college career without a scholarship at Williams College, a Division III school in Western Massachusetts.
After being put in touch with then-Michigan coach John Beilein through his former coach at Williams, Robinson impressed Beilein with his long-range shot and earned a full scholarship to step up to D-1 and play with the Wolverines.
Robinson would go on to have a stellar three-year stint with Michigan, making 237 three-pointers on 41.9% shooting from behind the arc, which ranked him #4 on the Wolverine’s all-time list.
In his senior season in 2018, Robinson was named the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, as he helped lead Michigan to the national championship game, where they fell to Villanova.
Robinson was not drafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but signed a two-way contract with the Heat after playing for their NBA Summer League team.
The 25-year-old bulked up coming into this, his second season as a pro, putting on 15 pounds of muscle.
“He’s becoming much more of a complete basketball player, as a help-side defender, someone who’s in the gaps, plays your team defensive schemes well,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Robinson.
“Obviously his body looks totally different, so he has a lot more confidence defensively with the 15 extra pounds. As long as he continues along this path, he can help us.”