Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson thinks he can block 6 shots per game
New York Knicks fans have high expectations for rookie big man Mitchell Robinson, but it doesn’t seem like anyone has higher hopes for the kid than Robinson himself.
When asked how many blocks per game he can average, Robinson had this to say:
“Probably around six,” said Robinson, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “I feel like I can do around six.”
Pump the brakes, young fella.
No player in NBA history has averaged six blocks per game since blocks became a stat, with former Utah Jazz big man Mark Eaton holding the record with 5.6 swats a night back in the 1984-85 campaign.
This season, Robinson is currently registering 2.2 blocks over 18 minutes per game, which is certainly an impressive feat, but even if Robinson played a full 48 minutes every night, that would still put him under a six block average.
The 20-year-old, who committed to play basketball at Western Kentucky but didn’t actually step on the floor once for the school, was originally selected by the Knicks in the second round (36th pick overall) of the NBA Draft last June.
In 44 games this year, Robinson is recording 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in addition to his block average while shooting 68.8 percent from the floor and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line.
This month, the Pensacola, Fl. native is posting 10.2 points, 8.3 boards and three blocks across 21.6 minutes a night while making 69.8 percent of his field-goal attempts and 69.2 percent of his foul shots.
Earlier in the season, Robinson logged a nine-block effort against the Orlando Magic.