The New York Knicks faced and blew out the 6-17 Washington Wizards last night. However, not everything went smoothly for the Knicks as Mitchell Robinson fractured his hand Friday Night. The Knicks organization has confirmed that Mitchell Robinson has indeed broken his right hand and will off the court for 4-6 weeks. Although there are multiple replacements for the center, Tom Thibodeau will have difficulty finding a satisfying replacement.
How it will affect the Knicks?
The Knicks have players that will be able to fill in like Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel, however, they will not be able to do the things Robinson can do. Another possible solution is that Julius Randle, who has been proving to be an all-star in the frontcourt can step into Robinson’s role. They have many good reserves like Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox who can maybe step into a potential role that Randle has been playing during this 4-6 weeks of sacrifice.
What needs to happen during the next months?
Firstly, New York will need bench players to step up and play good basketball. Currently 8th in the East at the moment, the Knickerbockers are within contention for the playoffs. Close games are a must-win for this team and with Robinson gone, it is going to be tricky. Fans will hope Robinson is back sooner rather than later as the 22-year-old has been a core component of the squad this year.
Nerlens Noel seems too liable to step into a big position in New York. This will likely mean the front office will look to bring in a more established center to ensure the Knicks aren’t as vulnerable in the paint. One mentioned name is that of Cavs center Andre Drummond. Drummond has been a force to be reckoned with as he’s averaging 17 points and 13 assists. Drummond can bring similar defensive attributes as to those of Mitchell Robinson and is an efficient offensive player.