Video: Mitchell Robinson soars for the alley-oop slam over Wizards’ Sam Dekker
For something completely different, the New York Knicks present a Mitchell Robinson highlight that isn’t a blocked shot. The 21-year-old rookie instead, received a lob pass from Mario Hezonja who promptly catches and flushes it down the grill of the Washington Wizards’ Sam Dekker who should have known better than to challenge a shot attempt that late.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 8, 2019
Robinson (along with Hezonja who made the play) was not only one of the catalysts that ensured the Knicks snapped a home losing streak to the Wizards dating back to April 2013 but the rookie is also the lone bright spot for the team this season. The storied New York franchise has been lottery-bound nearly the whole season, counting down the days to the summer hoping to cash in on two superstar free agents (namely Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant of the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors respectively) and possibly the number one overall pick which is already a foregone conclusion as Duke’s Zion Williamson.
With former lottery pick and franchise savior Kristaps Porzingis jettisoned to the Dallas Mavericks, the Knicks are trying to make the best out of a bad situation until the offseason – and the 7-foot-1 rookie is a pretty darned good player to root for as they count the days. The second round pick has been performing well beyond his draft placement, putting up double-doubles routinely on top of his steady diet of imposing swats – averaging 12.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in just four games this April.
The Knicks are banking that Robinson continues to develop as they try to focus on shoring up the other positions with big names.