New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson eyes record blocks average

Mitchell Robinson has an average blocks total he thinks can happen with the New York Knicks, given a large, steady dose of playing time.

Amid a 12-48 season, the New York Knicks have found few positives, but among them, the young players have flashed upside to become mainstays with this franchise past 2018-19. That includes sophomores and recent draft picks.

Maybe the most impressive of the group, Mitchell Robinson‘s play ascended after the Jan. 31 Kristaps Porzingis trade. With 10.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, it’s a sign of this player acting as their center for the next five years.

Shot blocking was Robinson’s calling card entering the NBA, but it’s arguably improved over this month-long stretch, while head coach David Fizdale has confidence in his young big man.

How much bravado does the 20 year old have in himself, though? Enough to think he can nearly triple his 2.2 blocks per game average, when asked how many swats he thinks he could rack up, according to the New York Post:

“Probably around six,’’ Robinson said when asked about how many blocks he thinks he can average. “I feel like I can do around six.’’

According to Basketball-Reference, Mark Eaton‘s 5.56 blocks per game is the highest in NBA or ABA history. He’s the only player to cross 5.0, so no one has broken the aforementioned goal in a single season.

Robinson’s blocks average Per 36 Minutes is 4.4. Per 100 Possessions, it’s 5.9, so in that case, the number falls just short, which is still eye-popping. That’s with 16.5 points and 12.9 rebounds.

If that happens, Robinson will be the premier shot blocker in the NBA. Right now, however, he’s among them, tied for third with Brook Lopez and Rudy Gobert. Anthony Davis‘ 2.5 and Myles Turner‘s 2.7 blocks are the only players that rank ahead.

Those four players average at least 28 minutes per game. Robinson only accumulates 18 per contest — the lowest of anyone in the top 15 and second lowest in the top 20; Mohamed Bamba ranks 16th and averages 16.3 minutes per game.

The Knicks have an interesting piece in their 2018 second-round pick. As they seek who will stick for 2019-20, this seems like a player that fits the bill. Who else joins him remains to be seen, but New York at least has someone to plug in at center, whether or not DeAndre Jordan sticks past his expiring contract.