Knicks’ Taj Gibson says Mitchell Robinson has ‘only scratched the surface’
The New York Knicks have been jelling well in training camp so far, with the mix of veterans and young players coming together smoothly. Two players who have hit it off in particular are veteran Taj Gibson and sophomore Mitchell Robinson.
Gibson, who signed a two-year deal with the Knicks this offseason, believes Robinson has a sky-high ceiling, of which he has only grazed the surface. Gibson has only positive things to say about his new teammate:
Taj Gibson has liked being around Mitchell Robinson so far. "That’s my guy. We’re clashing all day in practice, constantly joking around." …"He has a lot more to offer than what you see. He’s only scratched the surface."
— Chris Iseman (@ChrisIseman) October 4, 2019
Mitchell Robinson had an excellent rookie season, averaging 7.3 points and 2.4 blocks in 66 contests.
The 7-footer was selected 36th overall in the 2018 draft, and the Knicks believe they have found a diamond in the rough. Robinson is a lengthy center who has already shown a knack for swatting shots. He is an excellent rim-runner and a constant lob threat.
With some polishing, the Knicks may have their center of the future. Robinson is only 21, and as Gibson said, has plenty of room for growth.
This offseason and in training camp, Robinson was spotted with Julius Randle and Kevin Knox knocking down 3-pointers in the gym. While it might take a year or two for the shot to actually become an in-game weapon, Mitchell Robinson is showing a willingness to tweak his game and adjust to the 3-point-centric league.
All eyes will be on the Knicks’ youngsters this season. The team is not expected to contend, but this is a key year for growth and maturation within the organization.