The New York Knicks have one of the more exciting young cores in the NBA, and when it comes to Mitchell Robinson, they have one of the best up-and-coming centers.
His rookie season in 2018-19 proved that he was capable of being an elite rim defender with the ability to produce points. While his offensive game is limited to a degree, he’s one of the more elite ally-oop threats in the league.
Robinson recorded 9.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game over the final 38 contests of the season. His defensive abilities sky-rocketed post-Enes Kanter. The expectation is that Mitchell will blossom next season with increased confidence on defense and more help on the offensive side of the ball.
He’s been working on his three-point game, something he often used in high school. Aside from developing his three-pointer, he’s also one of the league’s best at blocking them. Standing at a lanky 7-foot-1, Robinson is extremely aggressive on defense and has left no part of his game untouched in that respect.
That aggressiveness can lead to early foul trouble, though, something he will need to monitor in year two to ensure he can be an impact player late in games. He fouled out eight times last year.
New York Knicks need to monitor Mitchell Robinson injury:
The second-year center injured his knee during a practice with the USA Olympic team. This is a reason a majority of players opted to decline the invitation to play for their country. According to reports, the ailment is not serious, and he should return to the court soon.
Luckily for the Knicks, Robinson seems to be in good shape, and the injury won’t be an issue moving forward. He’s on track to take a significant leap next season, especially on offense. The modern-day center can shoot from the perimeter and even from three at times. We should expect to see him test his skills in that facet and begin to refine his abilities in year two.