The New York Knicks have been yearning for a player who can solidify the defense. Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina have made progress towards doing so, but a primary issue has been the inability to simplify the game for Porzingis.
While many want to see the Knicks go small-ball, center Mitchell Robinson continues to flash the potential to be an elite defender in the NBA.
Robinson finished the loss to the Los Angeles Lakers with 13 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in 26 minutes of action. That includes five offensive rebounds and efficient shooting marks of 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
While the defense may have suffered, Robinson continued to showcase the upside to be a legitimate anchor along the interior—on both ends of the floor.
Beyond the numbers, Robinson was absolutely ridiculous in the way he navigated the court. He blocked two three-point field goal attempts, disrupted the pick and roll, rebounded at virtual will, and covered more ground than a player his size should realistically be able to.
Small-ball may sound like the answer, but Robinson could one day share a special frontcourt with Kevin Knox and Kristaps Porzingis.