Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson

26-Year-Old CenterC
New York Knicks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Robinson has been very consistent in his fantasy production since entering the league, and fantasy managers pretty much know exactly what they'll get from him. The positives are that he'll likely average just under a double-double with nearly two blocks per game on great efficiency from the field. The negatives are that he isn't a high-volume scorer and shot below 50 percent from the free-throw line in each of the last three seasons. In 2022-23, he averaged 7.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.9 assists in 26.9 minutes across 59 appearances on 67.1 percent shooting from the field and 48.4 percent from the charity stripe. Robinson also saw a dip in his games played, as he made 72 appearances in 2021-22, so his availability is somewhat of a concern. However, when he was on the floor, his 1.8 blocks per game ranked sixth in the NBA. The Knicks added Donte DiVincenzo and lost Obi Toppin in the offseason, but neither of these moves should affect Robinson's starting role or his fantasy production. Overall, Robinson's double-double capabilities combined with his shot block-blocking prowess make him a valuable asset, but his free-throw deficiencies should place him at around the no. 100 pick in most fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2022.
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.

Thorough enforcer
CNew York Knicks
April 21, 2024
Robinson racked up eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist, four blocks and one steal across 30 minutes during Saturday's 111-104 victory over the 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
ANALYSIS
Robinson's blocked shots came as a mix of interior defense and swatting jumpers on the perimeter while also racking up seven offensive rebounds as part of his dominant presence in the paint. He and Isaiah Hartenstein accounted for all of the team's minutes at center, with the latter logging just 18 minutes of action Saturday.
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How does Mitchell Robinson compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
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  • Steal %
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  • Block %
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55.4%
 
Effective Field Goal %
57.5%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
0.0%
 
Free Throw Rate
52.0%
 
Offensive Rebound %
20.6%
 
Defensive Rebound %
17.7%
 
Total Rebound %
19.2%
 
Assist %
3.1%
 
Steal %
2.2%
 
Block %
4.3%
 
Turnover %
12.4%
 
Usage %
10.2%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
22.8
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.9
 
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Could return this season after all
CNew York Knicks
January 10, 2024
Robinson has a chance to return from his ankle surgery before the end of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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The Knicks had applied to the league for a $7.8 million Disabled Player Exception on Robinson's contract, creating the assumption that the center wouldn't play again in 2023-24, but NBA doctors weren't able to determine that he would actually miss that much time. Robinson won't be back on the court any time soon, however. The 25-year-old underwent the surgery in December and was given an original timeline of 8-to-10 weeks before he would be re-evaluated, marking the end of February as the point at which a return date might come into focus.
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Robinson has now put up top-100 value for the past four seasons, although his overall ranking in 2021-22 did take a minor hit, as did his playing time. After recently agreeing to a new four-year deal with the Knicks, the front office appears invested in Robinson as their long-term center. That bodes well for his fantasy value and leaves the possibility that he maintains his run of top-100 seasons. However, even with Nerlens Noel out of the picture, the Knicks acquired Isaiah Hartenstein, a much more well-rounded fantasy player, in free agency. Robinson is poised to claim a starting spot and to be honest, it's a role he should be able to hold onto, barring a significant change in fortunes. Foul trouble remains an issue for Robinson when it comes to logging heavy minutes, which somewhat caps his overall upside. With Hartenstein now an accomplished backup, we could see situations where he sees more court time than Robinson, despite coming off the bench. Until we see otherwise, Robinson should be a relatively safe target in the ninth or tenth round, keeping in mind that his value is tied heavily to his high block rate and elite field goal percentage.
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.
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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Full practice participant
CNew York Knicks
April 16, 2024
Robinson (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and appears to be fully healthy after sitting out the second half of Sunday's 120-119 overtime win over Chicago, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Shut down for second half
CNew York Knicks
Ankle
April 15, 2024
Coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday's win over the Bulls that Robinson (ankle) wasn't available in the second half, Stefan Bondy of the New York Post reports.
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Productive off bench Friday
CNew York Knicks
April 13, 2024
Robinson ended with 15 points (5-6 FG, 5-8 FT), eight rebounds and two blocks across 25 minutes during Friday's 111-107 victory over the Nets.
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Ugly performance in win
CNew York Knicks
April 9, 2024
Robinson racked up one rebound and two steals over 20 minutes during Tuesday's 128-117 win over the Bulls.
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Limited minutes once again
CNew York Knicks
April 4, 2024
Robinson finished with two points (0-1 FG, 2-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block across 15 minutes during Thursday's 120-109 victory over the Kings.
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