New York Knicks‘ center Mitchell Robinson has received a lot of praise since being drafted in the 2nd round in the 2018 NBA Draft. The second-year rim protector made a splash and signed with a new agent by the name of Rich Paul back in February. Paul, one of the highest-profile sports agents in the world, has a clear vision for his new client.
While Mitchell Robinson’s potential is something New York Knicks’ fans should be excited about, he’s still clearly a raw player finding his game. Rich Paul seems to share those same thoughts. Paul told the New York Post:
“At this level, talent will get you only so far. You have to understand schemes defensively, very detailed things like the art of setting screens, the art in decision-making as a big man in how you roll. What passes to look for, proper defensive adjustments.”
“It’s a lot of things to learn. Once he’s able to learn those things, he’ll then be in position to showcase other talents he has. He can take the outside shot, put the ball on the floor, post. You don’t want to rush into that. You have to understand the details of the game first.”
Paul, who is known for his partnership with LeBron James, seems to have a realistic and knowledgeable view of where Robinson currently stands in his career. Robinson, who didn’t play organized basketball in the year prior to joining the NBA, has all of the physical tools and instincts you could ask for in a center.
Knicks fans should be encouraged about Robinson’s new representation. Now, it is up to Robinson and the Knicks to put in the proper work to get him to his ceiling.