The New York Knicks rookie center, Mitchell Robinson, has made the NBA All-Rookie second team. Robinson was the lone Knick to receive such honors, as fellow rookies Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier did not.
Robinson averaged 7.3 points in 20 minutes per game. The points are not what made him a valuable rookie, it was blocks and field percentage.
Robinson led all NBA rookies with 69.4% field goal percentage and 2.4 blocks per game. He also has the Knicks rookie record for blocks, 161, passing Kristaps Porzingis, 134. Not to bad for a second-round pick that did not play an entire year of competitive basketball, preparing for the NBA.
The Knicks got an absolute steal in Robinson. They took a chance on this freak athlete with amazing potential and it paid off. These honors were well deserved for Robinson and fans can expect him to continue to improve each season.
Robinson got even better under the tutelage of big man DeAndre Jordan. Since Jordan came to the Knicks, Robinson’s game seemed to take a giant step forward.
However, Robinson’s teammates, Knox and Trier, voiced their opinions on social media after not making NBA All-Rookie. It seems as this added fuel to the fire for Knox, as he continues to work on his game.
Trier was more vocal than Knox. Honestly, he should have made it over Landry Shamet and Kevin Huerter.
For now, the Knicks are in a good position with their 3 rookies moving forward. These 3 young pieces are exactly what the Knicks desperately needed for their bright future.