Mitchell Robinson has shown the Knicks a lot so far
Right before the start of the regular season, New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale talked about rookie center Mitchell Robinson spending some time in the G League, since he didn’t play organized basketball for an entire year after skipping college in order to work out for the NBA instead.
Now, after watching Robinson blossom before everyones eyes, it looks like he won’t be playing in Westchester this season.
“It’s kind of changed, but he’s grown,’’ Fizdale said in regards to his G League comments, via the NY Post.
Fizdale sounds like a man that’s committed to Robinson as his starting center, which isn’t good for Enes Kanter.
“One thing about [Robinson] that I’ve noticed is he picks stuff up quick,” Fizdale said. “For a guy that didn’t play a whole year of basketball, man, he absorbs stuff fast and he applies it to the game pretty quickly. I’m looking at our team and I’m looking at our future, and we understand that to build the organization and the team that we want, we got to be a defensive-minded team, and Mitchell Robinson is a superior natural defender, so I just felt like let’s get this generated now.
“He’s going to be our foundation, our anchor of our defense for the future. Let’s get this guy going right now and really commit to the development of these guys and to what it’s going to take to get them to where they need to be for us to be the team we’re going to be later.”
During his four starts, Robinson has averaged 5.5 points, one block and four rebounds per game.
Robinson has been evolving pretty quickly, but Fizdale now runs the risk of alienating Kanter, who has been great for New York as a starter.
Unlike Joakim Noah, though, this is the final year of Kanter’s contract, so trading him wouldn’t be a problem and would be a good move if Fizdale isn’t going to start him the rest of the season, barring an injury.
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