Knicks C Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out vs. Cavaliers
Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks was put into the NBA’s concussion protocol on Wednesday, Nov. 6 after receiving a brutal elbow to the head from arch-nemesis Markieff Morris of the Detroit Pistons.
Mitchell Robinson (concussion) is out for tomorrow’s home game against Cleveland.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 9, 2019
After being drafted in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft (no. 36 overall), Robinson vastly outperformed his draft position in his rookie year – even being named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Robinson is a defensive savant who also happens to be a terrific rim-runner and play finisher around the basket.
According to Basketball-Reference, Robinson was second in the NBA in blocks per game in his rookie season with 2.4 per contest and he finished fourth in total blocks with 161 – despite only playing 1360 total minutes and 20.6 minutes per game, mostly due to the fact that he was an absolute foul magnet in his first season in the league.
This year, Robinson is picking up where he left off and looks to be one of the best young players in the NBA – let alone on the New York Knicks, who boast a plethora of young talents, such as past lottery picks Kevin Knox, R.J. Barrett, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr.
In only 121 minutes played this season, Robinson is producing a stunning 1.5 points per possession, which is in the 100th percentile among big men, per Cleaning the Glass. Amazing stuff for the 7-footer that won’t turn 22 until April.