The fact that Robinson fell that low was a blessing for the blue and orange faithful. Robinson had enrolled in Western Kentucky University only to get suspended for violating team rules. He ultimately decided to forgo his college season and take the time to focus on his game. Before the suspension, Robinson had drawn comparisons to both Serge Ibaka and Anthony Davis.
The Knicks had just completed a trade for Carmelo Anthony in where they received Enes Kanter. A second-round pick (Robinson) and Doug McDermott. The move signaled a rebuild and they added a remarkably interesting piece in Robinson.
The shot-blocking center would bring some much-needed defense to the Knicks. So, why exactly has there been rumblings around Mitchell Robinson and the Knicks? Well for one there have been rumors that Mitch isn’t exactly a “Pro’s Pro”. Head coach Tom Thibodeau recently said “ I think he has a long way to go, the work part, the professionalism to continue to continue to grow to impact winning” when asked about Mitchell Robinson.
While Mitch has produced when on the court to the tune of 2.2 blocks per game. He hasn’t exactly been able to stay on the court due to his foul troubles. Averaging only 21 minutes per game for his career, so is this a sign for things to come? The Knicks are clearly lacking talent across the board and they may need a star, fielding some calls for Robinson.
Another club may be willing to take on his development in hopes of unlocking his potential. So why exactly would the Knicks be willing to make such a deal? Well because the Knicks are lacking guard play. In today’s NBA, you must have guard play. Could the Knicks make a deal for Buddy Hield or Devonte’ Graham? If they included Mitchell Robinson, I’m sure the conversations would move along.
My final verdict is the Knicks will indeed field some calls for Robinson if they can bring back a guard. This would open up the court for RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin. As we saw in the preseason teams will throw out a zone defense against the Knicks because they don’t respect our shooting. Robinson doesn’t help in that department at all. The Knicks also signed Nerlens Noel who does a lot of the same things Mitch does. So, his signing makes Mitchell Robinson expendable in a way.