Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson

23-Year-Old CenterC
New York Knicks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Many expected the 2020-21 season to be Mitchell Robinson's breakout year. Unfortunately, nagging injuries resulted in Robinson appearing in only 31 of New York's 79 regular season and playoff games, despite starting the Knicks' first 27 contests. The big center was productive in those first 27 starts, averaging 8.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. That said, those scoring and block numbers were actually down versus 2019-20, but he did have a spike in boards. Coach Tom Thibodeau's defensive scheme prefers centers to stay focused on the rim and not sell out for the glamorous block. That approach certainly helped New York's defensive and rebounding efforts, but Robinson's 1.5 blocks per game were a far cry from the 2.4 he swatted as a rookie in 2018-19. Robinson's 27 game streak ended in mid-February when he fractured his right hand, which resulted in surgery. He returned for four games in late March, but then broke a bone in his right foot, which also led to surgery and forced Robinson's absence for the rest of the season. With Robinson out, backup Nerlens Noel played 27.6 minutes per game and averaged 5.9 points, 7.0 boards and 2.3 blocks per game, good enough for New York to re-sign Noel to a three-year deal. The signing was important, since it is currently unknown when Robinson can return to action in 2021-22. In late May, Thibodeau reported that Robinson was "several steps away" from a return. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.71 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2018. Knicks exercised $1.8 million team option for 2021-22 in July of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Ready to go Tuesday
CNew York Knicks
November 30, 2021
Robinson (non-COVID illness) is available for Tuesday's game against the Nets.
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Robinson was a late addition to the injury report but will end up suiting up for Tuesday's contest. Nerlens Noel (knee) and Taj Gibson (groin) are also available, so the Knicks will have their full complement of centers in Brooklyn.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Lands on injury report with illness
CNew York Knicks
Illness
November 30, 2021
Robinson (non-COVID illness) is questionable for Tuesday's contest at Brooklyn.
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Serviceable during return
CNew York Knicks
November 27, 2021
Robinson logged seven points (3-4 FG, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds and one steal across 21 minutes Friday during a 118-97 loss versus Phoenix.
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Making return Friday
CNew York Knicks
November 26, 2021
Robinson (concussion) will play Friday against the Suns, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. He will start.
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Questionable Friday
CNew York Knicks
Concussion
November 25, 2021
Robinson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Suns.
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Out again Tuesday
CNew York Knicks
Concussion
November 22, 2021
Robinson (concussion) has been ruled out for Tuesday's contest against the Lakers.
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