Mitchell Robinson shouldn’t expand his game for the New York Knicks yet

Bob Konarski
New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson
Dec 26, 2019; Brooklyn, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mitchell Robinson has improved each of the first two seasons with the New York Knicks. Videos surfaced before the season of Robinson working on his 3-point shot.  However, does he really need to expand his game like that already?

Robinson has been a beast for the Knicks.  He has, still has, a giant upside in his game.  But there’s plenty of more work to be done to fine tune his game.

This seasons he’s improved controlling his fouls, his field-goal efficiency and overall defense.  The Knicks have a center on the verge of becoming one of the best, young centers in the league.

Robinson needs to continue work on getting softer touch around the basket.  Yes, his field-goal percentage, 73.2%, is currently in front of Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time record of 72.7% for the Los Angles Lakers in 1972-73.  But Robinson is only in his second season and needs to continue to work on finishing around the basket with something other than dunks or alley-oops.

Robinson shooting is shooting 58% from the free-throw line for his career.  Before there’s any talk of him shooting the ball from behind the arc, let’s get the free-throw percentage up first.

The Knicks still need him to work on more defensive consistencies as well.  Instead of trying to block every shot near him, Robinson can work on deterring shooters to pass by using those freakish lengthy arms.  Masters the basics before there’s any talk of expansion.

Robinson’s game will get there in time.  After he master’s everything around the rim then he can start to work on, at least, a mid-range.  Until that time comes, the New York Knicks shouldn’t be having Robinson even practicing 3-pointers.