Mitchell Robinson – Steal of the 2018 Draft
Did anyone even talk about Mitchell Robinson being the steal of the draft? The 7’1 giant gave the NBA a show in his rookie season.
The New York Knicks select Mitchell Robinson ( 36th overall ).
The Knicks took a chance on Center Mitchell Robinson due to his potential even with his abnormal college career. He attended Western Kentucky and took summer classes before stepping on a practice court. He was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The Hilltoppers gave him a release to transfer but Robinson could not find a school to go to. Because of his abilities he decided to enter the draft in 2018 with no college experience and not having played for a full year. The Knicks took one of the biggest risks of the 2018 draft.
What makes Robinson a steal?
He had not played organized basketball, since he was named McDonald’s All-American year in 2017. He could have taking his talents to the G league, but he discovered for himself the best option was to sit out the year from organized ball. Going into the draft no team, including the Knicks, knew what Robinson would look like in the pros.
Robinson made his first start during the second week of the season week on October 26th. He scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds. Things got easier after that as the young kid from Chalmette, Louisiana became a defensive juggernaut. On November 11th he set a new Knicks rookie record with nine blocks in a game. He also became the first Knicks rookie since Willis Reed in 1965 to collect 19 points and 21 rebounds in one game.
Mitchell Robinson ended his rookie season second in shots blocked per game, only following Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks rookie was also named All-Rookie second team.
In 2019-2020 season Robinson is a main component to the possible Knicks success. Could he make a claim to defensive player of the year? He was the steal of the 2018 NBA draft. As long as Robinson can continue to grow and improve, his tenacious defensive ability will carry the Knicks.