Mitchell Robinson will be entering his fourth season with the New York Knicks, with some major question marks to address. His career thus far has undoubtedly been solid, as he easily outplayed his draft position (36th overall in 2018) once he stepped foot on an NBA court.
New York Knicks: Pivotal upcoming season for Mitchell Robinson
He finished 2nd in the league in blocks per game as a rookie then followed it up by shooting 74.2% from the field as a sophomore, breaking Wilt Chamberlian’s record of the highest all-time field goal percentage in a single season.
In his third year, he finally secured the starting center position and performed admirably but a season-ending fractured foot caused him to miss the team’s first-round playoff exit. He averaged 8.3 points, a career-high 8.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game on 65% shooting.
While Robinson’s elite athleticism and shot-blocking ability are undeniable, there remain some issues regarding his limited offensive arsenal to go along with uncertainty regarding how he’ll perform after the injury.
Perhaps this is why the Knicks front office hasn’t extended Robinson’s contract this offseason, meaning that this next season could potentially be his last in New York.
However, the front office still has faith in the 23-year old big. They’re reportedly open to pursuing an extension, and it seems like they would happily lock up Robinson long-term if this year ends up being his best in the pros.
So, what can he do to make it his best? Here are 3 goals for him to potentially achieve by the end of the 2021-22 season.