One of the most prominent young players for the New York Knicks is Center, Mitchell Robinson, who is looking to make a more significant impact in his sophomore season. Robinson, the 36th pick in last year’s NBA draft, was not expected to be such a defensive force in this rookie campaign. He finished with 2.4 shots blocked per game over 66 games in 2018.
Mitchell also averaged 7.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, two statistical totals that he will look to elevate in his second year as a professional.
The 21-year-old big man has one glaring weakness, though. He struggles with foul trouble, something that he will look to alleviate with more experience and knowledge under his belt. The Knicks being in rebuild mode allows him to focus on that side of his game and not worry about the pressures of New York.
“I slide my feet more than I did (at the beginning of his rookie season). The game kind of slowed down for me at the end of last season. So the only thing I can do now is pick up where I left off last season, which is continue to stay out of foul trouble and get better.”
The Fanbase will be focused on RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox, two first-round selections while Robinson continues to excel and develop in front of our eyes.
Having veterans like Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, and Bobby Portis to help him refine his skill set and adapt to the quality and physicality of the NBA is essential. At 7-foot-1, he is the tallest player on the Knicks and offers them an advantage moving down the court and in the alley-oop game.
Robinson understands that he has a lot of work to do to improve and take his game to the next level. However, he has the support and time available, which gives him an increasing chance of success and dominance in the NBA. You can expect an exciting future and long career for the Knicks big man.