LAS VEGAS It took a while, but Thomas Robinson could finally smile after a game.
The second half of the Kings' summer-league finale showcased more of what the Kings believe they have in their first-round draft pick.
Robinson shook off another bad start, missing his first six shots, to make 6 of 8 after halftime as the Kings beat the Boston Celtics 91-82 Thursday in the exhibition at Thomas & Mack Center.
Robinson and second-year guard Jimmer Fredette had their struggles in summer league. It just took the rookie longer to have a solid outing.
"About time," Robinson said. "It took 41/2 games. It was cool. It broke eventually. It was good. I finished with a solid game. The second half was decent. I started hitting shots finally."
Robinson had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with 15 points.
Robinson entered Thursday's game shooting 32 percent and was down on himself because of it.
"I came into the summer league thinking I had to prove to everybody I was worthy of the fifth pick and I have to play up to a name when I don't have to prove myself to nobody," Robinson said. "I came here trying to prove I was an offensive player, but really my niche is rebounding, and I did that today, and the offense came."
Robinson also learned he needs to finish his shots stronger after contact, something he plans to work on before training camp.
"They're not calling (fouls) for me, and I'm not going to get nothing out here," Robinson said of the officials. "I'm a rookie. Until then, I'm going to have to play through the whistle."
Robinson is expected to play a key role for the Kings this season. He is seen as an ideal fit for a team that wants to play fast and get out in transition while adding athleticism on defense.
The coaching staff was glad to see Robinson finish well.
"Sometimes you take a bad summer league and you just think about it the whole rest of the summer," said Kings summer league co-head coach Alex English. "It just messes with you. So it was important for him to play like he played, and for Jimmer to play like he played as well."
Fredette had a team-high 19 points and five assists. Unlike his previous two games, Fredette wasn't a volume shooter.
He made 9 of 10 free throws while making 4 of 7 shots.
"I think (summer league) was good for me just because I didn't have it last year," Fredette said. "It's great to be able to get games in at the NBA speed, NBA level. During the summer and last year, I didn't have any expectations coming into the league."
Fredette's final game was much better than his first few outings, when he looked uncomfortable dribbling and shooting.
Kings coach Keith Smart said Fredette came out "kind of shy" in his first game last Friday.
"(He was) trying to be a player that maybe he's not right now," Smart said. "Trying to run a basketball team but forgetting about who he really is. So I thought later on, as the games progressed, he was able to be a little more assertive. He was able to try and make plays for himself, and because he was trying to make plays for himself it opened up things for other people as well."