Mitchell Robinson
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Mitchell Robinson was on my watch list for possibly being a breakout player. He had flashes of brilliance in the 2019-2020 season. But this season he has regressed and it’s leaving me scratching my head asking how could that be? If he can’t make any progress right now with more opportunities, how can I expect him to make progress later on? If you missed what I said, he REGRESSED so far this season, meaning he’s doing worse. HOW?!

Last season, Mitchell Robinson had 9.7 PPG on 74% (!!!) shooting, 7 RPG, and 2 BPG. He did that in 22 minutes, which isn’t bad for a 2nd round pick in 2018. Now, he has 8.9 PPG on 68% shooting. Even though 68% is a high FG% it’s 6% worse than last year, but he’s also close to a point less than his average last year. He is averaging a rebound more than last year and the same amount of blocks but I haven’t given you the kicker yet. The kicker is that he’s playing 7 more minutes this year than last season totaling 30 minutes now. So, he’s playing more to score less and get 1 rebound more. Makes total sense right? I mean, the guy was well on his way to being a key player for the New York Knicks.

I get it, Mitchell Robinson is a 2nd round player and is only in his 3rd season. But usually, you’d want to see some progress instead of regressing. It’s still early in the season and his career, but I’m disappointed so far in Robinson. Then again, he plays for the Knicks, how much faith can you have in them? We’ll see if Robinson can fulfill his potential, either this season or at all.

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