New York Knicks: 3 Goals for Mitchell Robinson This Season

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Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

New York Knicks — Robinson goals: Average at least 10 points per game

Robinson is an extremely skilled finisher around the rim, but his point production is usually limited to other players who create his looks. This isn’t an inherently bad thing, as high-flying centers can still score in bunches despite being set up by others.

Atlanta Hawks shot-blocker Clint Capela is similarly restricted on offense, but he still averaged over 15 points per game and played a major role in the team’s Eastern Conference Finals appearance.

While many fans want Robinson to start shooting threes, the truth is that he can still be an effective scoring big without a reliable jumper.

The main reason that centers like Capela are able to score in bunches is because of their efficiency in pick-and-roll situations. Robinson is elite at the rolling aspect, but he needs to improve in his screen-setting ability.

Last season, he ranked dead last among Knicks centers in screen assists per game. When looking at screen assists per 48 minutes, he even finished with a worse average than journeyman big Norvel Pelle.

Robinson has already looked to improve that aspect of his game, reportedly bulking up this offseason to the point where his teammates are impressed.

If he can put on weight and improve his screen-setting while also maintaining his high-flying athleticism, he could average double-digit scoring in pick-and-roll situations alone.

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