With the 2018-19 NBA season sneaking up on us ever so quickly, the New York Knicks are preparing to change the narrative of a hungry franchise. The past few years have been difficult for the Knicks, as they have struggled to earn wins and put together a balanced team. Signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Joakim Noah mark two potentially devastating blows to the cap-space, limiting the potential action of the new management in free agency.
Luckily, teams are seldom built through free agency, but rather the development of youth. For the Knicks, this is exactly what we’re going to witness.
The drafting of Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson marks the beginning of a new era – one where New York can enjoy the growth of two young prospects and not the signing of aging veterans. Knox is a dynamic forward that can penetrate the rim and score from any position on the floor.
Robinson is a big-man looking to take over after the inevitable departure of Noah. He’s a lanky player that is stellar on defense and well-rounded on offense.
The influence of a mentor on New York Knicks rookie, Mitchell Robinson:
Having a mentor for a young player is essential, and while Noah’s contract has been a burden for the Knicks, he has much to offer when it comes to the growth of Robinson.
In the prime of his career, Noah was averaging between 10-12 points per game and over one block. He was menace around the rim and had the player intelligence to control the game from the paint. This is the type of experience he has to offer Mitchell, and it will only help him grow into the player he’s meant to be.
While Enes Kanter is expected to start at center, Robinson cannot be ruled out to earn some serious playing time. In fact, it’s possible he becomes the second-choice backup after Kanter.
Robinson set Summer League records for offensive rebounds and blocks per-game, further promoting his skill-set and ability to transition to the next level. After watching his Summer League tape, you can visibly see his vision and patience in and around the rim. He always seems to be in the right spot at the right time. He will only continue to improve with the right guidance and physical growth.