The Indiana Pacers fan base got some welcome news Thursday evening when the team recalled Glenn Robinson III from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants after a very brief stint with the team. Despite poor shooting from Victor Oladipo, Cory Joseph, Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic, the team has had a strong month of January. They have gone 10-5 since the calendar turned over, and they will love to get Robinson back to provide some wing depth. Currently, they only have Bogdanovic manning the small forward spot after waiving Damien Wilkins. Bogdanovic had been in a total slump before some signs of life against the Memphis Grizzlies. Bojan may still be the starter, but, today, I’m going to look at the bright spots the team can look forward to when Robinson returns against the Charlotte Hornets.

3-Point Shooting Boost

Robinson has never been an amazing shooter; however, his 3-point shooting has only gotten better and better as his career has gone on. He peaked at a 39% clip from deep range last season. While playing off of Oladipo, Joseph and Myles Turner, Robinson will have more room to operate as they attack the paint. He will take some time to get back into his rhythm, so it will not be surprising if he shows some early signs of rust. As is expected, he’s gotten better with experience and will only continue to bolster the Pacers offense that has been strong this season. The team currently ranks sixth in three-point percentage, and Robinson will help that number go higher.

Wing Defense Help for Oladipo

Robinson has been an intriguing player due to his Three and D potential that is key to being a successful wing player in the modern NBA. He has never had a positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus, but he is still an improvement over Bogdanovic who is currently a -2.1 on defense this season. Oladipo has been tasked with leading the charge on offense, while also being matched up against the opposing team’s primary wing threat on defense. Robinson will help ease Oladipo’s load and make the team’s defense better as a whole.

More Wing Depth

Head Coach Nate McMillan has often utilized lineups featuring multiple guards or multiple bigs, but, due to a lack of quality wings, has not been able to use the super switchy lineups popular with top teams. Robinson returning will allow the team to go smaller, while not becoming overpowered by larger lineups. Robinson opens a whole new set of lineup options, so it will be interesting to see the combinations that McMillan comes up with and what are the most effective.

Robinson has been a team and fan favorite since he arrived in Indiana last season. When he suffered an injury that required surgery before the season started, it immediately put a damper on the team’s expectations. The Pacers are not expected to contend for a title, but Robinson will immediately help them climb in the playoff standings and make the team just get better and better as they start to click.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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