It’s somewhat surprising that the two best rookies on the Knicks’ roster are not lottery picks. Both Robinson, who was drafted in the second round, and Allonzo Trier, who went shockingly undrafted, have produced better seasons than the team's lottery selection Kevin Knox.
In their latest game against the Utah Jazz at Madison square Garden, which the visitors won handily by a final score of 137 to 116, Robinson delivered a Knicks rookie record.
Knicks say Mitchell Robinson now has 29 straight games with at least one blocked shot, breaking Patrick Ewing’s all-time Knicks rookie record (28).
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) March 21, 2019
Anytime a Knick can tie or best a record by Patrick Ewing is undoubtedly worthy of the spotlight.
Though Mitchell Robinson is only playing 18.8 minutes a game (due to the fact that he commits 6.2 personal fouls per 36 minutes), he has produced some stunning advanced numbers during his rookie campaign.
Robinson has produced the most win shares on the team (4.5), and his Player Efficiency Rating of 21.4 is second only to the long-gone Enes Kanter with 21.8. Robinson’s sky-high 68.0 true shooting percentage is stellar, and his BPM (6.2) and win shares per 48 minutes (.207) are both tops on the Knicks.
A long and lanky center with excellent touch on the rim and the ability to catch lobs from seemingly impossible angles, Robinson will likely be an important piece for the Knicks going forward… or at least an attractive young trade piece.