2. Defensive Upside
Standing at 6’11” and 223 pounds with a 7’4″ wingspan, Mitchell Robinson has the physical measurements to make an impact by simply being on the court. Even the greatest of athletes need to become fundamentally sound, but Robinson’s upside is undeniable.
If Robinson is willing to put the work in, head coach David Fizdale will have another prospect who’s like clay—primarily on the defensive end of the floor.
At his size, Robinson is a natural deterrent for slashing scorers, which remains a critical truth in a wing-driven NBA. He can meet elite slashers at the rim, defend the influx of promising bigs in the post, and rebound at a borderline elite rate.
That’s all optimistic, but Robinson’s physical gifts and high school career paint the picture of a prospect who can turn into a top-flight rim protector.
Beyond his value in the paint, Robinson has the athleticism to defend the pick and roll. His footwork will need to improve, but he has the ability to switch and pick up guards, and move quickly enough if they try to take him off the bounce.
The Knicks have put a number of quality centers alongside Kristaps Porzingis, but none have come close to the defensive potential that Robinson possesses.