Video: Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson rejects Sixers’ Joel Embiid on back-to-back plays
In their game on Wednesday, the 20-year-old Robinson perfectly timed Embiid’s shot attempt in back-to-back plays:
And against the 76ers, the 20-year-old swatted four shots, along with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals. Most have not heard about Robinson but they better believe that Robinson is going to be one of the top defensive players in the league very soon.
He was picked 36th overall by the Knicks. Despite this, some analysts strongly believe that the 7-foot-1 center is the best shot blocker in his draft class. Some have compared him to the likes of Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan — athletic big men who are a presence on the defensive end.
Even Embiid, who’s known for his trash talking, had this to say after his first-hand experience with Mitchell:
Joel Embiid on the Mitchell Robinson experience:
"A couple times I thought I had a shot, but he just came up with his long-ass arms and blocked it"
— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 14, 2019
Embiid certainly has a way with words.