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Knicks’ David Fizdale wants Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson to improve rebounding

Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, David Fizdale

For this season, New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale wants the frontcourt duo of Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson to improve their rebounding.

Fizdale commended the duo of Robinson (center) and Randle (power forward) as “good.” However, like the rest of the squad, the two big men need to work on their rebounding. After all, it’s not just their role to snatch the ball away after a missed shot. In the preseason, the Knicks ranked 21st in rebounding which pretty much means that they need a lot of retooling in that aspect of the game.

“The big thing for me is the same thing I’ve been telling them – they’ve got to go get that ball for us,” he said, per Ian Begley of SNY. “They’ve got to rebound that ball.”

Last season, the 6-foot-9 Randle snagged 8.7 rebounds per game while the 7-foot-1 Robinson had 6.4. From the looks of it, they might need to bump their rebounding figures to double digits. In just his second year in the league, Randle snagged 10.2 per night which means that he is very capable of answering to Fizdale’s request. Robinson, meanwhile, is now in his second year in the league. He has garnered enough experience to be a capable rebounder for his team. Given these facts, there is no reason as to why the frontcourt duo of Randle and Robinson cannot crash the boards.