1. Helping Kristaps Porzingis
As previously alluded to, the New York Knicks have added a physical Goliath of a prospect in Mitchell Robinson. He has the tools to be efficient in the pick and roll, as well as a genuinely dominant force on the defensive end of the floor.
While his individual abilities and potential are noteworthy, it’s the manner in which Robinson can help Kristaps Porzingis that matters most of all.
Defensively, Robinson should offer help as a rim protector with his size, length, and leaping ability. Even if Robinson offers nothing more than that trait, he’d be simplifying the game for Porzingis, who has been stretching himself thin for the Knicks.
Porzingis may be the best rim protector in the NBA, but his job becomes unmanageable when one considers that he’s also defending stretch bigs and the pick and roll.
With Robinson on the court, Porzingis could focus on one task or another during individual possessions. Offensively, Robinson’s ability to crash the boards and work the pick and roll would again provide Porzingis with the opportunity to play a more defined role.
If the Knicks develop Robinson properly, he and Porzingis could become perfect complements to one another—on both ends of the floor.
Enigmatic as he may be, Mitchell Robinson could prove to be an absolute steal of a selection for the New York Knicks.