5. Second-Round Value
Entering the 2018 NBA Draft process, Mitchell Robinson was expected by many to be one of the first 30 prospects off the board. He was garnering top-20 hype, and even skipped the Combine, which resulted in the belief that a team had made him a promise in Round 1.
Instead, Robinson slid all the way to pick No. 36—a truth that should help the New York Knicks get him to buy in to the vision that the coaching staff has for him.
There are few individuals who are more willing to sacrifice for the greater good than those who have been humbled. That’s what’s happened with Robinson, as he missed out on significant salary—and potentially, playing time—at the 2018 NBA Draft.
Thankfully, the Knicks have empowered the type of leaders who won’t throw that in his face, but instead help him use it as motivation to become the player he’s capable of developing into.
Furthermore, the Knicks are taking a chance on untapped potential with a pick that could be justifiably utilized for that very purpose. It’s not as though the Knicks spent the No. 9 overall selection on Robinson, but instead used a pick that could’ve optimistically produced a role player.
New York instead found a prospect with star potential, no matter how raw Robinson may be—and that alone is reason to love the selection.