Mitchell Robinson
Mitchell Robinson
22-Year-Old CenterC
New York Knicks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Despite increasing his scoring and rebounding somewhat from his rookie season while leading the NBA with a 74.2 field-goal percentage, Robinson's sophomore campaign was a bit of a bust fantasy-wise. Instead of taking the next step as one of the NBA's elite shot-blockers, he saw his average in that category dip from 2.4 as a rookie to 2.0 in 2019-20 despite somewhat increased minutes. He needs those blocks for fantasy purposes, as last year's averages of 9.7 points and 7.0 rebounds don't really play in fantasy otherwise. Even that field-goal percentage doesn't do fantasy managers a ton of good when he's averaging less than six shots per game. Furthermore, Robinson still struggles with foul trouble and hasn't established consistent dominance on the boards. That said, there's still a world of upside here. Nerlens Noel and rookie Daniel Oturu are Robinson's only competition at center for the Knicks. If Robinson can find a way to stop racking up fouls and see extra minutes as a result, he's a good candidate to lead the league in blocks while averaging close to a double-double, which would make him a tremendous value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.71 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2018. Contract includes $1.8 million team option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Mitchell Robinson was born in Pensacola in 1998. Robinson grew up idolizing current and former NBA players such as Anthony Davis and Kevin Garnett. Robinson spent his first years of high school at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola before transferring to Chalmette High School in Louisiana. As a junior for Chalmette in 2015-16, Robinson averaged 20.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. He then committed to play collegiate basketball at Western Kentucky University, before leaving school after two weeks to prepare for the NBA Draft. Robinson became the first recruited draft pick to not play for a college, professional, or postgraduate-high-school team for a full year before entering the NBA draft. Robinson came back to Chalmette last summer, holding a basketball camp for 175 local kids and reconnecting with former high school coach Butch Stockton. He remains active in the Chalmette community. You can follow Mitchell Robinson on Twitter @23savage_ and on Instagram @23.savage23.

College/International Summary

The recruitment of Mitchell Robinson was a series of interesting events. The seven-footer from Pensacola, Florida originally committed to Texas A&M. He whetted appetites with 14 points in the 2017 McDonald's All-American game and 15 points in the Jordan Brand Classic. When Rick Stansbury left the Aggies as an assistant coach to become the head coach at Western Kentucky, Robinson followed. Before the season, Robinson left the team and was granted his release to transfer elsewhere. Robinson then took recruiting visits to LSU, Kansas, and New Orleans before returning to the Hilltoppers. Robinson left the team for good a month later and spent the 2017-18 winter preparing for the 2018 draft.

Double-doubles in win
CNew York Knicks
January 22, 2021
Robinson tallied 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds and one block in a loss to the Kings on Friday.
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Robinson registered double-digit points for the second straight game after failing to do so in each of his previous three contests. He added 10 boards en route to his third double-double of the campaign. Though the third-year center isn't much of a fantasy asset when it comes to scoring and is a poor free-throw shooter (46.4 percent), he remains a viable fantasy option due to his ability to contribute respectable per-game stats in the areas of rebounding (8.4) and blocked shots (1.8) while shooting a high percentage from the field (66.1 percent).
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2019

Robinson appeared in 61 out of 66 games for the Knicks during the shortened 2019-20 season, his second in the Association. The big center averaged 9.7 points, a career-high 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks across 23.1 minutes per contest. He shot a career- and league-high 74.2 percent from the field, as well as 56.8 from the free-throw line. In terms of NBA ranks, before the March sports stoppage, Robinson was sixth in total blocks (119), 14th in Player Efficiency Rating (23.5), sixth in offensive rebound percentage (13.7) and first in offensive rating (144.0). On Feb. 29 during a home win over the Bulls, Robinson scored a career-high 23 points. In that game, he also posted 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes. It was one of Robinson's eight double-doubles. He had 28 performances with at least 10 points, 12 performances with at least 10 rebounds, six performances with at least three steals and 22 performances with at least three blocks. The game marked one of eight double-doubles for the center this season. Robinson's longest streak of the season with double-digit points was the final six games of the year. During that stretch, he saw 25.6 minutes per game and averaged 14.3 points on 7.8 shots, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Robinson's longest streak with at least three blocks per game was four contests from Feb. 21 through Feb. 27. During that stretch, he averaged 9.0 points on 5.0 shots, 10.0 rebounds, 3.8 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 26.1 minutes.

2018

A second-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Mitchell Robinson appeared in 66 games with the New York Knicks as a rookie. He was incredibly efficient with a 69.4 shooting percentage. The 7-foot center averaged 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. Those 2.4 blocks per game ranked second in the league behind only Myles Turner. He also played 20.6 minutes per game. Robinson recorded 11 double-doubles but just one of those came before February when he really started to heat up. However, he did block nine shots in one game on Nov. 11, tying the NBA season-high for 2018-19. In 11 games from Feb. 5 to March 3, he averaged 11.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks on a tremendous 73.2 shooting percentage. He also recorded five double-doubles during that stretch. Robinson's best game of the season came on March 28 where he posted season highs in points (19) and rebounds (21).

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 2nd round (36th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the New York Knicks
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
The 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Robinson is coming off an impressive rookie campaign. Despite playing in just 66 games and seeing only 20.6 minutes per contest, Robinson ranked fourth in the league in total blocks (161), blocking 2.4 per game and 4.3 per 36 minutes. He started 19 games, but really showed off his potential during the 10 contests in which he saw at least 30 minutes. In those games, he averaged 12.6 points on 73.1 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.4 steals. Heading into 2019-20, Robinson figures to be the Knicks' starting center, though the front office wasted no time finding plenty of reserve options. Foul trouble may keep Robinson from garnering 30 minutes on a consistent basis, but he's already established himself as an elite rim-protector and great rebounder. It remains to be seen how much he can improve his game, but even if he's simply given more run, he should be a lock for a mid-round, if not earlier, selection in most fantasy drafts.
Despite pulling out of college and electing to prepare for an NBA career before putting anything on tape, Robinson has the measurables to draw the attention of any GM. He's a true seven-footer with a 7-foot-4 wingspan and has the athleticism to make plays that many other guys of his size can't. That peaked the Knicks interest enough to make him the 36th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Considering the lack of college competition, Robinson will likely come in a bit raw, but he does appear to be joining a team where playing time could be available right away. The Knicks are set to be without superstar Kristaps Porzingis for at least the first few months of the season, which means Robinson could open the year in a minor rotation role. He likely won't be on the radar in most Fantasy leagues to start his rookie season, but the Knicks could experiment with a larger workload later on once eliminated from the playoffs, so he can be someone to monitor closely on the waiver wire. It is worth it to note that Robinson played extremely well in the summer league and used his length to alter a ton of shots, finishing five games with averages of 13.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.
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Quiet in win over Magic
CNew York Knicks
January 18, 2021
Robinson finished Monday's game against Orlando with six points (2-5 FG, 2-6 FT), 10 rebounds, a steal and a block.
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In starting five
CNew York Knicks
January 18, 2021
Robinson (knee) will start Monday's game against Orlando.
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Considered game-time call
CNew York Knicks
Knee
January 18, 2021
The Knicks are treating Robinson (knee) as a game-time decision ahead of Monday's 12 p.m. ET tipoff with the Magic, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
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Status in question for Monday
CNew York Knicks
Knee
January 18, 2021
The Knicks list Robinson as questionable for Monday's game against the Magic due to a sore right knee.
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Good to go Sunday
CNew York Knicks
January 17, 2021
Robinson (heel) is available and starting Sunday against the Celtics, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
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