Scott Perry and the New York Knicks selected a gem with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. During Mitchell Robinson’s 2017-18 collegiate season, he withdrew his commitment to attend Western Kentucky. The Knicks center displayed his drive for greatness by dedicating the entire 2017-18 season towards self-training and development. No prospect has ever taken such a route to the NBA. The bold decision by Robinson speaks volumes. It shows that the kid is not afraid of hard work and his confidence in his craft is unwavering. What a fearless competitor.
Mitchell Robinson averaged 2.4-blocks in only 20.6-minutes per game last season. The shot-blocking rim terrorizer continued making his presence felt as last season progressed. He wasn’t getting much playing time when Kanter was on the team. However, Big Mitch got all the playing time he could handle after the Knicks released Enes. The raw prospect gained confidence every time he stepped on the court during a lost New York Knicks season. He also sparked the Knicks defense down-low with his shot-blocking near the rim and around the three-point line. Opponents began getting intimidated when driving the lane. This is now the beginning of a defensive dominating center in New York.
The 7’1″ tall defensive phenom is only getting better due to his motor and a constant chip on his shoulder. This guy is exactly who you’d want as your last line of defense. He’s also the guy you’d want to switch onto the opposing guard near the three-point line during a pick and roll. Foul trouble became less and less of a problem as Robinson continued learning the game on the fly throughout the season. NBA experience for the talented quick learning shot blocker has been crucial for his development. Defensive presence in the middle of the lane definitely won’t be an issue due to the future DPOY and future league-leading shot-blocker in Mitchell Robinson.